Ryanair: 22 Years and 140 Million Passengers at Milan Bergamo Airport

A Ryanair Boeing 737 parked at Milan Bergamo Airport.
Photo Credit: Ryanair

Ryanair has commemorated a notable milestone this week. On 8 July the airline marked 22 years of successful operations and 140 million passengers served at its Milan Bergamo base.

This enduring partnership between Ryanair and Milan Bergamo Airport (BGY) began in 2003 and has flourished ever since.

Ryanair’s commitment is evident with a fleet of 23 based aircraft operating both domestic and international routes.

Ryanair Summer Schedule

This summer, passengers can take advantage of Ryanair’s largest-ever Milan Bergamo schedule. It features nearly 1,800 weekly flights to an impressive 116 destinations.

Exciting new additions added include Beni Mellal, Biarritz, Castellón, Dubrovnik, Olbia, Sarajevo, Skiathos, and the brand-new connection to Salerno.

To celebrate the occasion, Ryanair is offering special deals for getaways through October 2024.

Customers visiting Milan can book holidays starting from just €21.99 (each way, valid for bookings by July 11th) on Ryanair.com.

A Ryanair Boeing 737 passes overhead.
Photo Credit: Lewis Chesworth/AviationSource

Milan Bergamo Airport: Gateway to Northern Italy

Milan Bergamo Airport (BGY), also known as Orio al Serio International Airport, is a major transportation hub in northern Italy.

It serves the metropolitan area of Milan, alongside Linate Airport and Malpensa Airport. While not located directly in Milan itself, Bergamo Airport offers convenient access to the city and surrounding regions.

Situated near the city of Bergamo and within easy reach of Milan, the airport provides access to various cultural and historical attractions.

Additionally, its proximity to major highways allows for convenient onward travel to other parts of northern Italy.

A Hub for Low-Cost Travel

Bergamo Airport is a favorite among budget travelers. It serves as a base for Ryanair, offering a wide range of domestic and international destinations at competitive fares.

Passengers can choose from a variety of airlines, making it a convenient starting point for exploring Italy and beyond.

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A Long-Term Partnership

Giovanni Sanga, President of SACBO, the management company of Milan Bergamo Airport, expressed his delight at the achievement.

“Surpassing 140 million passengers to and from Milan Bergamo Airport signifies a highly successful partnership.”

“Together, we’ve established a business and operational model that serves as a benchmark for the air travel industry, benefiting both airport managers and travelers.”

Sanga highlighted SACBO’s ongoing investment in cutting-edge infrastructure and services that cater to the evolving needs of airlines and passengers.

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Recent improvements include a new taxiway in the airport’s north area, with further expansions planned for the check-in and security check areas in the terminal, slated for completion before the 2026 Winter Olympics.

This dedication to continuous improvement reflects the strong synergy and shared vision between Ryanair and Milan Bergamo Airport.

This has consistently driven network expansion and service quality enhancements. Sanga concluded by emphasizing the positive feedback consistently received from passengers, a testament to the enduring strength of this collaboration.

Ryanair’s Commitment to Italy

Ryanair’s Country Manager for Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean, Mauro Bolla, echoed the sentiment. “As both the number one airline in Italy and at Milan Bergamo Airport, Ryanair is incredibly proud to celebrate 22 years of service here.”

“We’ve achieved the remarkable feat of transporting 140 million passengers to and from Milan Bergamo. Our summer 2024 schedule boasts eight exciting new routes, providing even greater choice for travelers seeking unforgettable summer escapes at the lowest fares in Europe.”

Bolla emphasized Ryanair’s understanding of the importance of connecting people with loved ones, underscoring their commitment to further growth within Italy in the years to come.


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