New Route of the Day (23 August 2021): Blue Air between Milan LIN and Paris CDG
Romania’s Blue Air has targeted Milan LIN airport for growth this summer. Having launched domestic service to Catania on 16 August and international service to Barcelona also on the same day, on 23 August it launched operations from the downtown Italian airport to Paris CDG. The inaugural flight on the 645-kilometre route (flight number 0B 5985 operated by a Boeing 737-500, registration YR-AME) departed Milan LIN at 06:49 and touched down at Paris CDG 68 minutes later at 07:57. The return flight (0B 5986) departed the French capital at 09:02 and arrived back in Italy 70 minutes later at 10:12.
Direct competition on the route comes from Air France and easyJet. Alitalia and easyJet provide indirect competition by operating between Linate and Paris ORY. Air France and easyJet also operate flights between Milan MXP and Paris CDG, while Vueling connects Malpensa and Paris Orly. Ryanair offers a connection between Milan BGY and Paris BVA, while easyJet will be starting 4-weekly service between Milan BGY and Paris CDG on 6 September. In total, Cirium Data and Analytics is showing 120 weekly departures (between 15 and 20 each day) between Paris and Milan in September.
Nine routes from Linate by end of summer
Blue Air has been serving Milan LIN since December 2014 when it launched service from Bucharest. The new Paris route becomes the airline’s fourth at the airport. Four additional new routes from Milan LIN to Lamezia Terme, Madrid, Palermo and Prague were recently announced by the carrier, with flights to start in late September. Finally, a non-stop service to Cluj-Napoca in Romania is scheduled to begin in early October.