Ryanair continues its bounce back from the pandemic with a new Italian base at Venice Marco Polo Airport.
The airline will base three new Boeing 737 8-200 ‘Gamechanger”’ aircraft there representing an investment of $300m. There will also be 18 new routes, making a total of 24, enhancing Venice’s connectivity to 12 European countries from Summer 2022.
Ryanair already operates two based aircraft at Venice’s other airport, Treviso, flying 48 routes, and at nearby Verona Airport.
Ryanair’s Director of Commercial, Jason McGuinness, said, “We are delighted to open our newest Italian base at Venice Marco Polo with three new 737 ‘Gamechanger’ aircraft, further strengthening the long-standing cooperation between Ryanair and the SAVE Group.
“Today’s announcement of 86 routes (20 new) for the Veneto region demonstrates Ryanair’s ability to rapidly rebuild Italian tourism.”
Ryanair went on to call on the Italian Government to scrap the municipal tax for all Italian airports.
“[It is] damaging the competitiveness of Italian airports versus their European counterparts,” said McGuinness. “The axing of this tax would facilitate a rapid recovery in Italian air traffic and jobs thanks to Ryanair’s low fares and long-term growth plan.”