Ryanair no. 1 airline in Italy in 2014

Irish low-cost carrier outstrips Alitalia for passenger numbers

(ANSA) - Rome, June 11 - Low-cost carrier Ryanair has overtaken Italian flag carrier Alitalia to become the largest airline operating in Italy by passenger numbers, civil aviation authority ENAC said Tuesday.
    The Dublin-based airline carried 26.119 million passengers in 2014, followed by Alitalia with 23.275 million and low-cost carrier Easyjet with 13.364 million.
    "It's not a record that interests us," Alitalia CEO Silvano Cassano said.
    "We are interested in developing long-haul (services) and not the (shuttle) buses," he added. Rome's Fiumicino airport remained the leading airport in the country for passenger volume, with traffic rising by 6.54% to 38.2 million people over the previous year, ENAC said. Milan's Malpensa and Linate airports came in second and third position with 18.6 million and 8.9 million passengers respectively.


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