EVA Air makes Milan Malpensa its first European route in twenty years
With flights scheduled to commence on 18 February 2020, EVA Air will start a four times weekly service from Taipei Taoyuan to Milan Malpensa (MXP) next year. The 316-seat 777-300-operated service can be the carrier’s only sector to Italy, and just the fifth destination it flies to in Europe increasing its existing routes to Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Paris Vienna and CDG. MXP shall end up being the third direct station in Europe, with other cities (London and Amsterdam) only being served via Bangkok, in fact it is the first path to be opened by the carrier in Europe within the last twenty years.
The Star Alliance carrier, which flew a lot more than 12.5 million passengers in 2018, flies to 65 global destinations currently, including 11 in THE UNITED STATES and 50 in Oceania and Asia. EVA Air is among eight carriers on earth rated as a &lsquo just;Five-Star Airline’ by international quality ratings organisation SkyTrax, and becomes the fifth of these eight airlines to serve MXP. It had been rated between the world&rsquo also;s Top 10 Airlines of 2019, as voted for by global travellers, and may be the seventh of these ten carriers to fly to Malpensa. This accolade has been received because of it for four years in a row.
“Adding a top-quality carrier like EVA Air to your airline roll call at Malpensa is really a real coup for all of us,” states Andrea Tucci, VP Aviation Business Development at SEA. “To be selected because the carrier’s only destination in Italy, and something of five in Europe just, validates the growing attractiveness of the Milan brand abroad, because of a rich calendar of events and a dynamic economic environment.” The significance of the airline’s hub in Taipei, and the prospect of onward connections, will benefit the brand new route also. “We expect many travellers on the path to fly point-to-point between Milan and Taipei, but we also anticipate significant volumes of cargo and passengers transfer traffic on EVA Air’s network of 31 points in Asia, 18 in China and Brisbane in Australia,” states Tucci. A lot more than 70% of Milan’s traffic to Asia flies with a long-haul gateway currently.
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Operated year-round, EVA Air shall fly the 9,640-kilometre sector on days 1,2,4 and 6 from its hub at Taipei Taoyuan, and can leave Milan on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sundays and fridays given the overnight service from Asia. Flight BR71 departs Taiwan at 23:40 and reach MXP at 07:15 the very next day. Leaving Malpensa at 11:50, Day br72 lands in Taipei at 06:30 the next.
The Taipei Taoyuan hub becomes the 18th Asian gateway flown from MXP and EVA Air the 14th airline with flights to the spot. The brand new flights to Taiwan join existing operations to Azerbaijan (Azerbaijan Airlines), China (Air China, Neos), Georgia (Wizz Air), Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific Airways), India (Air India), Japan (Alitalia), Korea (Korean Air), Maldives (Air Italy, Alitalia, Neos), Pakistan (Pakistan International Airlines), Singapore (Singapore Airlines), Thailand (Thai Airways) and Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan Airways). “Asia is market that’s growing by 17% year-on-year for MXP, because of the investment in capacity by our 13 serving airlines and their collective technique to enhance the quality of Milan’s network by moving beyond traffic nearer to its final destination,” concludes Tucci.
Throughput figures at MXP for 1H 2019 are in an archive level, with under 12 just. the entire year &ndash 5 million passengers being handled through the first half a year of; representing +10% annual growth. The Italian gateway has delivered 48 consecutive months of passenger growth and in a rolling 12-month period handled 25.7 million passengers.
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