Orio al Serio Airport recorded a net increase in passenger movements during the first quarter of 2009. The increase, amounting to 0.6 % on a total of 1,452,923, reflects a positive performance in terms of load factor on scheduled flights (with passenger numbers up by 3.4% between January and March), making up for the fall registered since the beginning of the year in the charter sector. This trend was further confirmed in March, which saw a slight increase in the number of passengers on scheduled flights (+0.4% compared with March 2008), but a fall in passenger flows on charter flights (slightly over 31,000 passengers, down by one third on one year ago) – a figure which affected total passenger numbers for the month (528,293) which were 2.5% down specifically as a result of the lower contribution from charter traffic.

It should be remembered, however, that the aggregate figure for March 2009 is compared with the corresponding month of the previous year during which, in addition to intense scheduling of charter flights bound for Lourdes on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the apparitions, record levels were attained in conjunction with the Easter holidays. The first seven days of April, in fact, saw passenger numbers grow by 12% compared with the first week of April 2008, a result achieved through the launch of new connections and the increased frequency of flights already operating from Bergamo Airport, starting with the summer timetable coming into effect on 29th March 2009 – a pattern which is bound to be confirmed also during Easter week. From Thursday 9th to Tuesday 14th an average of 20,000 passengers a day is expected, taking into account both departures and arrivals.

On the air freight front, with regard to courier-operated flights, the negative trend was confirmed by the March figure (-21% compared with one year ago), albeit a smaller decrease than the one recorded in previous months, providing an initial sign of recovery. 23,896 tons were transported during the first quarter of 2009, 27.7% less than the period from January to March 2008.

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Orio al Serio, 9th April 2009