Budget airline Ryanair will boost operations at Venice Marco Polo Airport for the upcoming winter season with plans to add a fourth aircraft and introduce 20 new routes, the airline announced this month.
The move represents an additional US$100 million investment in the carrier’s Venice base, which was established in October 2021, bringing the total investment in Italy’s Veneto region to US$600 million, which includes two aircraft operating from Treviso Regional Airport.
For the winter 2022/23 period, the carrier will operate 330 weekly flights from Venice Marco Polo to 27 destinations, including 20 new routes to cities such as Birmingham, Cologne, Dublin, Lanzarote, Lisbon, Madrid, Marseilles and Vienna .
According to a joint statement from the carrier and SAVE Group, which manages Venice and Treviso airports, the additional routes will “significantly boost” connectivity to the Venice hub, offering connections to 11 European countries.
Ryanair’s route development director Ray Kelliher said the carrier’s “rapid growth” will cement its position in the northern Italian region.
“Although other carriers cut capacity by nearly 50% before Covid, the SAVE Group acted quickly and decisively to the benefit of the Veneto region, securing Ryanair’s long-term growth… This winter we will be operating over 470% of our pre-Covid capacity in Venice,” he said.
SAVE Group Aviation Sales and Marketing Director Camillo Bozzolo said the carrier’s latest investment will restore connectivity and create 120 new jobs.
“The arrival of Ryanair’s fourth aircraft at Marco Polo will give further impetus to the traffic recovery that began during the current summer season,” he said.