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Milan Bergamo Airport targets Asia and Middle East for growth beyond Europe

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Milan Bergamo Airport have revealed a commitment to driving growth and connectivity beyond Europe with plans to capitalise on the potential in Asia and the Middle East.

With the introduction of several key routes connecting Milan Bergamo to major destinations in west Asa and the Gulf, carriers will expand their operations to the area and offer added connectivity to distant markets.

This summer, Milan Bergamo Airport has announced flights to five destinations in the region, including Istanbul, Dubai, Sharjah, Amman, and Tel Aviv.

Two carriers link Milan Bergamo Airport with Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport: Pegasus Airlines and AJet, the latter being Turkish Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary.

Pegasus Airlines provides affordable connections to various destinations in the Middle East, including to markets such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.

On the other hand, AJet allows passengers to link up with Turkish Airlines, that flies to the most countries in the world.

Both carriers also provide numerous domestic connections within Türkiye, including destinations along its picturesque coastline.

Air Arabia joined Milan Bergamo’s portfolio of airlines in late 2022 with the introduction of flights to Sharjah, marking the airport’s first nonstop service to the United Arab Emirates.

The carrier is maintaining daily flights on the route throughout the entire summer, growing its available capacity by 31% year-on-year.

The service enables customers to transfer to and from India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh and has resulted in a growing number of connecting passengers at Milan Bergamo due to the airline’s large network.

Flydubai touched down at Milan Bergamo Airport for the first time last March and has since expanded its operations.

Flydubai’s partnership with Emirates, one of the world’s largest carriers, facilitates convenient connections to and from India, southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

These flights have so far proven popular with passengers headed from Milan Bergamo Airport to and from the Maldives, Zanzibar, Sri Lanka, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Delhi, and Kathmandu.

Ryanair is providing even more options to travel to Asia and the Middle East this summer, with a weekly service to the Jordanian capital of Amman, and two-weekly flights to Tel Aviv, which resume on 5 June.

These carriers offer a range of options for travellers, from budget-friendly fares to premium services, catering to the diverse needs of passengers flying to Asia and beyond.

Giacomo Cattaneo, Director of Commercial Aviation, SACBO, said: “Expanding our connectivity to Asia and the Middle East is a strategic move that aligns with our vision to position Milan Bergamo Airport as a key player within Europe.

“These services also provide excellent connections for onward travel and passengers can seamlessly connect to countless exciting destinations beyond, ensuring a smooth and convenient travel experience.

“We recognise the immense potential that Asia and the Middle East hold for both business and leisure travellers, and we are committed to enhancing our services to meet the growing demand.”

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