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Milan Bergamo grows Asia and Middle East network to expand global connectivity

Milan Bergamo Asia and Middle East

Milan Bergamo Airport is expanding its reach beyond Europe, targeting growth in Asia and the Middle East. This summer season, the airport will be linked to five cities in the region, including Istanbul SAW, Sharjah, Dubai DXB, Amman, and Tel Aviv, for a total of over 470,000 seats.

Almost 60% of Milan Bergamo’s total Asia and Middle East capacity will be on the Istanbul SAW service, which will be served by both Pegasus Airlines and Turkish Airlines’ LCC subsidiary AJet. The two provide convenient onwards connections for travellers, with Pegasus boasting a wide Middle East and domestic network, while AJet enables passengers to seamlessly link up with Turkish Airlines.

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Air Arabia will grow its available capacity on flights between Milan Bergamo and Sharjah by 31% year-on-year. The service enables customers to transfer to and from India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh and has resulted in a growing number of connecting passengers at Milan Bergamo due to the airline’s large network.

Flydubai will maintain daily flights to its Dubai DXB home, increasing its overall capacity by 32% to over 92,000 seats this summer. Its partnership with Emirates facilitates convenient connections to and from India, southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. These flights have so far proven popular with passengers headed from Milan Bergamo Airport to and from the Maldives, Zanzibar, Sri Lanka, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Delhi, and Kathmandu.

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Ryanair will also provide connectivity between Italy’s third-busiest airport and Asia and the Middle East this summer, with a weekly service to the Jordanian capital of Amman, and two-weekly flights to Tel Aviv, which resume on 5 June.

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Giacomo Cattaneo, Director of Commercial Aviation, SACBO, said: “Expanding our connectivity to Asia and the Middle East is a strategic move that aligns with our vision to position Milan Bergamo Airport as a key player within Europe. These services also provide excellent connections for onward travel and passengers can seamlessly connect to countless exciting destinations beyond, ensuring a smooth and convenient travel experience. We recognise the immense potential that Asia and the Middle East hold for both business and leisure travellers, and we are committed to enhancing our services to meet the growing demand.”

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