Italy-based Air Dolomiti, a Lufthansa subsidiary, has reported 1.7 million passengers carried in 2013, up 8.7% year-over-year. It also reported a load factor of around 70%.
Air Dolomiti said in a statement that its new business model, which is to operate as a hub feeder carrier for Lufthansa and as well as to provide point-to-point service at its own risk, has been accepted by the market.
Last year, the carrier operated services to Verona, Venice, Florence and Bari from Munich; it transported 689,893 passengers.
Air Dolomiti will launch Munich-Milan Bergamo flights starting this summer. It will increase frequencies from Munich to Venice from 4X-daily to 5X-daily, and will increase frequencies from Munich to Florence from 3X-daily to 4X-daily.
The subsidiary will also operate flights for Lufthansa from Munich to Zurich and Dubrovnik 4X-weekly, as well as provide weekly services from Munich to Ancona, Genoa, Cagliari and Olbia. It will also operate 10X-weekly Munich-Torino service.
In addition, Air Dolomiti continues to operate flights for Lufthansa from Munich to Bologna, Catania, Milan Malpensa, Palermo and Pisa.
Air Dolomiti is the third largest carrier, in terms of passengers carried, at Munich Airport. The carrier phased out its last ATR 72-500 in October 2013 and currently operates 10 Embraer E-195s.