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Genoa airport woos EasyJet Initial routes under consideration

Genoa - UK’s carrier EasyJet could soon find a home at Genoa airport, adding to the number of carriers already operating at the “Cristoforo Colombo” Airport.

Genoa - UK’s carrier EasyJet could soon find a home at Genoa airport, adding to the number of carriers already operating at the “Cristoforo Colombo” Airport. This piece of news emerged at Palazzo San Giorgio, on the margins of a press conference presenting the new link between the Ligurian capital and Copenhagen. According to sources familiar with the Genoa airport, top managers are currently trying to persuade the British group to add Genoa to their destinations. The negotiations seem to be part of a wider rebound plan that the airport management has embarked on over the last few months, in an attempt to increase the number of passengers passing through its gates. The project that concerns EasyJet would initially involve a couple of routes, with the plan of increasing these over the medium to long term, similar to what has occurred with carrier Volotea which, following recent announcements of new flights to Madrid, Mykonos and Lampedusa, has now sixteen destinations out of the Ligurian airport.

Meanwhile, yesterday, at the headquarters of the Port System Authority of Genoa and Savona, a new Genoa-Copenhagen route, to start from March 24th, was officially announced. Amongst those in attendance at the meeting - which was delayed by over 30 minutes in a vain wait for the chairman of the Authority, Paolo Emilio Signorini - were Genoa’s mayor Marco Bucci, and Paolo Odone, president of the “Colombo”. The twice-a-week direct Genoa-Copenhagen flight will be operated by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Scandinavia’s leading airline, with all-inclusive, one-way fares starting at 49 euros.

Departures are scheduled every Tuesday from Copenhagen at noon, arriving in Genoa at 14:00, and returning from the Ligurian capital at 14:35, arriving at 16:35. On Saturdays, departures from the Danish capital are scheduled at 11:00, arriving at 13:00 - with sufficient time to board MSC and Costa Cruises departing from Liguria - and returning from Genoa at 13:35, and arriving at 15:35. Carrier SAS will mostly employ 90-seat aircrafts, but between June 25 and August 13, aircraft capacity will expand to 174 passengers. The chairman of the Genoa-Savona ports Authority – the majority shareholder of the company controlling the airport - is planning to request from the governor of the Ligurian Regions a loan of about half a million euros in the coming weeks for the purpose of advertising the airport; the Genoa airport saw a 0.9% drop in passengers last year, and closed the initial eight-month period of 2017 with a 1.3% drop (compared to a 6.7% rise in passengers, nationally).

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