Milan Bergamo Airport adds new routes to growing North Africa operations

MIlan to North Africa

Milan Bergamo Airport has reaffirmed its dedication to expanding its global reach by enhancing operations to North Africa. Adding to its already impressive portfolio of carriers serving the region, Nile Air is set to commence a 3-weekly service to Cairo from 28 June, on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, utilising its Airbus A320 aircraft. It will complement Air Arabia Egypt, which will continue to offer the largest number of flights and seats to Cairo throughout the 2024 summer season.

Nile Air joins Ryanair and the Air Arabia Group in providing scheduled connectivity between Milan Bergamo Airport and North Africa, along with AlbaStar, TUI, Neos and Malta Med Air, which will operate charter and leisure flights in cooperation with tour operators.

As a result, this year sees a record number of seven airlines operating between the two regions, offering over 660,000 seats to travellers. This figure represents a notable 48% increase compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019 and is up almost 10% year-over-year, showcasing the strong growth potential North Africa holds for the Italian airport.

 

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Apart from Nile Air’s new service, Ryanair is also introducing a new 2-weekly rotations between Milan Bergamo and Beni Mellal in Morocco starting 1 June, bringing the airport’s North Africa network to ten destinations, including six in Morocco (Agadir, Beni Mellal, Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech, and Tangier), as well as four in Egypt (Alexandria, Cairo, Marsa Alam, and Sharm El Sheikh).

Milan Bergamo Airport plans to further grow operations to the North Africa region in the future. Giacomo Cattaneo, Director of Commercial Aviation at operator SACBO, said: “The growing connectivity between Milan Bergamo Airport and North Africa is a testament to the strategic importance of this region for our airport. We recognise the immense potential that North Africa holds in terms of tourism, business, and cultural exchanges. The record number of airlines operating between Milan Bergamo and North Africa, along with the substantial increase in seat capacity, highlights our dedication to meeting the evolving needs of travellers.”

Looking beyond the current summer season, Cattaneo added: “We are confident that our partnership with airlines, coupled with the attractiveness of North African destinations, will fuel further expansion in the coming years.”

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