Ryanair and Wizz Air both announce new Venice Marco Polo bases with 34 new routes; only overlap is Cagliari
Well, that’s a coincidence, isn’t it? Europe’s two leading ULCCs have both announced on the same day that they will be making Venice Marco Polo Airport a base in 2022. Ryanair announced that it will base three of its new 737 MAX 8s (or 737 8-200 ‘Gamechangers’ as the airline prefers to brand them) at the airport and will be offering 24 routes next summer, of which 18 will be new. Meanwhile, Wizz Air has announced 16 new routes starting in 2022 from the airport to complement its existing Catania service. Two of those routes, Sharm El Sheik and Tenerife TFS, will not start until November 2022. This will be Wizz Air’s seventh base in Italy.
It is worth noting that Ryanair opened a base at Venice Treviso Airport earlier this year and will be offering flights from there to almost 50 destinations in 2022. In addition, Wizz Air is selling flights from Venice TSF to Chisinau, Kiev IEV, Skopje, St. Petersburg, Tirana and four destinations in Romania.
Only Cagliari announced by both carriers
Maybe surprisingly, given the rapid recent increase in direct competition, the only destination that was announced yesterday (6 October) by both Ryanair and Wizz Air was Cagliari, on the Italian island of Sardinia. This is a destination served by Volotea since it launched operations in April 2012. Volotea will be relieved to see that Ryanair has announced no routes to Greece, where it currently serves 13 airports. However, Wizz Air has named both Mykonos and Santorini among its new routes.
easyJet, which was Venice VCE’s busiest airline in 2019, focuses primarily on routes to France and the UK. While Wizz Air will now be competing on the London LTN route and Ryanair on the Toulouse route, it will probably be relieved that its arch-rivals have not been too aggressive in targeting its core markets.