EasyJet to move to Milan

Malpensa to replace Fiumicino as Italy base.

British low-cost airline easyJet has announced that its base for operations in Italy will be moved from Rome’s Fiumicino airport to Milan’s Malpensa by April 2016.

Announcing the move, easyJet said the decision had been taken as airport costs in Rome had more than doubled since 2012, and were expected to rise in future faster than inflation.

The company also blamed a “poor travel experience” for passengers flying to and from Fiumicino, with a negative trend in punctuality and customer satisfaction caused by “excessive growth in capacity.”

At the same time, the carrier intends to increase services to Malpensa and Naples, and to add a new office in Venice, shifting aircraft and crews from Rome to these three airports.

Employment will not suffer, adds the easyJet statement, because all Rome-based staff will be offered jobs at one of the other three hubs, with a plan for individual relocation.

CEO Carolyn McCall promised that the carrier would continue to connect Fiumicino to their European network “in a manner more in line with the demands of our passengers.”