Bolzano Airport's own brand, Skyalps, intends to expand the route network to up to 37 destinations. For example, you want to fly to Zurich. The fleet is expanded to four de Havilland Dash 8-400.
Managing Director Alex Spinato explained in an interview with Adv Training, among other things, that "within a few months you will be a 100 percent Italian operator". What is meant by this is that the flight operations, which are currently being provided by the Maltese Luxwing, will be carried out with its own AOC and its own operating license. The corresponding applications have already been submitted to the Italian civil aviation authority ENAC and the formal approval process is underway.
Just a few days ago, the third de Havilla was held at Luxwing's AOCnd Dash 8-400 (9H-ALE) registered. It is a machine that was formerly used by Austrian Airlines. The fourth turboprop aircraft was also previously in the air for the Austrian Lufthansa subsidiary. According to Spinato, it is the machine with the serial number 4104 (OE-LGJ "Baden"). This will arrive in Bolzano by mid-May 2022 at the latest.
Up to 37 destinations – New to Zurich from June 2022
From June 2022, scheduled flights between Zurich and the provincial capital of South Tyrol will be offered. Alex Spinato confirmed this to Adv Training. Other routes are to follow, with the manager hinting that one could fly outside of the home base in the future. You start with the Charter operation from Maribor. On behalf of a tour operator, three destinations in Italy are served from the Slovenian airport.
“Thanks to the versatility of our machines, we are able to operate routes that currently have few or no operators. Today we have 19 routes and with four aircraft we will expand to 36 and 37 destinations,” said Spinato.