In 2010, Alitalia transported 23.4 million passengers, 1.6 million more than in 2009, marking a growth of 7.4%.

Alitalia-A330-200The load factor amounted to 70.5%, an increase of 5 points over the previous year.

With the exception of April, when the global air traffic was seriously affected by the limitations caused by the volcanic ash cloud, Alitalia has seen growth in passenger volume throughout the year, especially in the second half.

December, in particular, was the fifth consecutive month in which Alitalia saw a double-digit percentage increase in passengers, up 10.7%.

The best performances were achieved during the year, on international and intercontinental services, up by 11, 5% (+700 thousand passengers) and 13.7% (+235 thousand passengers) respectively.

The growth in passengers carried by Alitalia has been reflected  on the entire Italian airport system.

In particular:

  • At Rome Fiumicino, in 2010 Alitalia handled over 16 million passengers, 900 thousand more than in 2009 (+5.8%), an increase of 18% on intercontinental routes.
  • Passengers carried by the Alitalia Group at Milan Malpensa grew by over 15%, thanks to the success of Air One Smart Carrier, which started operating on 28 March and carried more than 950 thousand passengers, the goal set for 2010.
  • Other Italian airports where Alitalia registered a significant increase of passengers are Venice (+11.2%), Catania (+10%), Turin (+7.5%) and, in the second half of the year, Milan Linate.

From the comparison with data published by the AEA, the Association of European Airlines, for the first 11 months of the year, Alitalia as one of the companies with higher growth rate. During the period, the increase in passengers recorded by Alitalia (+7.4%) was almost three times that recorded by the total of the member companies of the AEA (+2.7%).

Andrea Stolfa, Alitalia’s Executive Vice President Network, Marketing & Revenue Management said: "The growth of Alitalia rewards the strategy behind the network development, with 16 new routes opened in 2010 (including 2 intercontinental: Rome-Los Angeles and Milan-Miami), and the renewed offer of service and new classes 'Magnifica' and 'Classic Plus', the latter - available on a selection of international flights - in four months of operation was the choice of over 4,000 passengers".

Marco Sansavini, Alitalia’s Executive Vice President Sales, Distribution and Customer Care said: "In 2010, Alitalia has reaffirmed its leadership on both the retail and small business segment and the 'corporate' market, signing 750 contracts with Italian companies and more than 1,500 contracts with international companies with an overall development of 30%".