Wizz and Ryanair both announce new Venice bases on the same day.
Wizz Air and Ryanair continue to grow in Italy, with both Ultra Low Cost Airlines (ULCC) announcing a new base at Venice Marco Polo, the city's main airport. This means that Ryanair will now have 17 bases in Italy, plus seven for Wizz Air. Significantly, Wizz Air only unveiled its first base, in Milan Malpensa, 17 months ago and shows how quickly it has grown.
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While Ryanair will park three B737 MAX 200s with 197 seats at the Marco Polo in Venice, Wizz Air will park two A321neo with 239 seats. Together, the ULCCs 34 will enter routes as described in the following table. Ryanair's upcoming routes include connections to new bases in Helsinki and Stockholm Arlanda, as well as to Cork, which will reopen in December 2021.
Interestingly, the new Ryanair base arrives in Venice shortly after the opening of a base in Treviso, a long-standing alternative airport. The airline has two B737800s at the airport and it will be interesting to see if and how that changes now.
Airline From Venice to… Start date Weekly flights
- Wizz Air Cagliari March 3
- Ryanair Caligari March 27 14
- Wizz Air Casablanca March 4
- Ryanair Comiso March 28 3
- Ryanair Cork March 29 2
- Ryanair Crotone 28 March 3
- Wizz Air Fuerteventura April 3,
- Ryanair Gdansk March 27, 2
- Ryanair Helsinki March 27, 2
- Ryanair Katowice March 27, 2
- Wizz Air Keflavik April 2,
- Wizz Air Lamezia Terme March 3, March 4
- Wizz Air Lampedusa March 6, 2
- Ryanair Lisbon March 27, 5
- Wizz Air London Luton March 3, 4
Both ULCCs have been providing services at the airports of Venice for a long time. Ryanair has been flying to Treviso, about 40 kilometers from Venice, for many, many years. It was a classic secondary airport for the larger Venice region.
Ryanair had more than three million seats in Treviso in both 2018 and 2019, OAG data confirms, making the airport one of its largest non-bases. It is now a base. Wizz Air has been in Treviso since 2008. It has grown slowly and steadily, with 447,000 return seats in 2019.
Wizz Air served Marco Polo for the first time in 2011 and again in 2017 and 2020, but for a reason: the brief closure from Treviso. The same is generally the case with Ryanair. Only in 2019 and 2021 did Ryanair and Wizz Air take off at Marco Polo.
With Marco Polo's new highly efficient team, the competition between the two ULCCs continues. Unless he really doesn't. Because while Ryanair has announced 18 routes and Wizz Air 16, they will only compete against each other in two and a total of three head-to-head races based on the upcoming routes.
In addition to the existing direct competition with Catania, they will also compete with Naples when Wizz Air is launched. And they will compete with each other on the 403 nautical mile connection to Sardinia's tourist destination, Cagliari.
Wizz Air flies to Cagliari every three weeks, Ryanair every two weeks. It will be exciting to see how the "battle of the beasts" unfolds on this route. Italian consumers should be prepared for absurdly low rates, because Volotea also connects Caligari from Marco Polo, Ryanair also serves it from Treviso.
Wizz Air has used the pandemic to adjust its network strategy to increasingly focus on the Western European and Western European markets. Several countries now have bases. Not all worked, especially in Norway, but the adjustment has been relentless.
Italy is no exception, with Venice adding new bases in Milan Malpensa, Bari, Catania, Naples, Palermo and Rome Fiumicino. With this rapid expansion, Wizz Air's seating capacity in Italy has increased by 203% this year compared to 2019.
While the data for 2022 is far from complete and currently excludes the new base in Venice, Wizz Air has 6.8 million seats planned between January and September, more than double that in all of 2019.2022 appears to be another record year but perhaps one to "squeeze" all the capacity growth as demand is expected to return and exceed capacity .
Hopefully, in 2022, Ryanair, easyJet and Volotea will finally exceed 2019 capacities. In the current year, OAG shows that Ryanair represents 72% of its 2019 volume, Wizz Air 203%, easyJet 40% and Volotea 78 %.
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