The new national plan for Italian airports restarts Catania and possibly Comiso. In the project presented by ENAC (National Civil Aviation Authority), the Catania Comiso hub will become a Mediterranean hub capable of handling 30 million passengers. Fontanarossa is already the fifth national airport in terms of total traffic and second to the national airport, and last year it “merged” Pio la Torre for a long-haul project. In fact, ENAC wants to create a hub in the Mediterranean, as announced during the merger with Comiso, capable of competing with Istanbul. In the new national plan, Catania will have to attract passenger traffic from China, Japan, Korea and India, who currently stop in Turkey and go to Western Europe. It is estimated that Fontanarossa can handle 30,000 passengers per day, thanks to improvements in parking spaces, improvements to the city and railway services, but also the possibility offered by Comiso to accommodate more intense national traffic. Among other things, Comiso can offer a longer track than Catania, but it lacks in terms of system for road and rail connections. If this is the Enac plan that will bring the government’s attention, among other things, to reduce the number of Linnet and Ciampino, then the reality of Comiso is not the most promising, at least in the most immediate future. The dependence on Ryanair for expensive fuel and the cheapness of Irish and the difficulty of all carriers will limit the offer of flights and connections from Pio La Torre in winter. Comiso, like Bologna, Trapani and Pisa, will face the cuts of Ryanair, but while other airports can rely on other alternative airlines, Comiso does not yet have this possibility and the synergy with Catania in this sense, conditional mandatory, assistance.
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