NEW FLIGHTS TO SICILY, ALL ROUTES FOR 2016
Sicily increasingly connected to the rest of the world. The number of routes to and from Sicily is on the increase, as is the frequency of the flights. The first airline to announce they are strengthening air connections with Sicily was Meridiana, increasing the frequency of their flights on the Palermo-New York route. The service runs from April to September but, starting June, it will increase from two to four flights a week, resulting in an increase in passengers and bookings. The flight to New York leaves Palermo at 8.50 and lands at 13.00 (local time), whilst the return flight to Palermo is at 15.00 and arrives at 6.05 the next morning. Tickets are affordable, starting from 263 Euro each way all in, thereby facilitating pleasure and business traffic between the USA and Sicily.
Palermo airport is also in the sights of British Airways. During the recent BIT 2016 in Milan, the new weekly flight between Palermo and London Heathrow was announced, operational from 30th April to 24th September, with weekly departures on Tuesday and Saturday.
Alitalia are not standing idle. Following the announcement of the five seasonal routes connecting Catania with Rome, Milan, Bologna, Pisa, Naples and Lampedusa, the Italian airline has announced anew connection with Moscow Sheremetyevo, with a night flight on Friday both from Catania and Palermo. The Russian connection is strategic in order to increase traffic from the Eastern European markets towards Sicily. Ukraine, Belarus and Russia are now closer for the Sicilian MICE.
Further strengthening traffic from Eastern Europe to Sicily, Wizz Air, the low-cost Hungarian airline, has announced that the Catania-Warsaw flight will now be operated all year round. The connection will be provided on Wednesday and Sunday and tickets are available from 39 Euro.