British Airways, the UK’s largest full-service airline, on September 1 made its inaugural flight into Milan Bergamo Airport, signalling the beginning of a new high frequency service from London Gatwick. Based on demand, the frequency of the route, which is described as the only link from the south of England to the East Lombardy region of Milan, is already set to be increased from six times per week to daily, beginning in December.
British Airways becomes Milan Bergamo Airport’s 20th carrier. “It is very encouraging to see that British Airways recognizes the potential of Milan Bergamo and our proximity to both Milan and the beautiful Italian lakes of Como and Garda,” said Giacomo Cattaneo, director of commercial aviation, SACBO. “This six times weekly service illustrates the appeal of Bergamo as a destination, for both leisure and business travellers, as well as the strength of the wider area to the London market as we offer over 250,000 two-way seats available to our customers from now until the end of the year.”
Facing no direct competition on the link with London Gatwick, British Airways brings the number of London airports served from Milan Bergamo to three. The UK flag carrier’s new operation complements existing services from London Southend and London Stansted, as well as adding an additional 31,000 two-way seats to the Milan Bergamo-London market between now and the end of 2019.
“Just a short distance north of the airport are the Italian Alps, which have incredible ski slopes for anyone from beginner to professional level,” said Cattaneo. “With an additional Saturday service from Gatwick starting in December, those travelling from the UK can truly make the most of the ski season this winter.”