“Hey Alec there is a launch of a new tourist magazine for Umbria being held at the airport in Perugia you going to come with me?” went the WhatsApp message. Me thinks, hmm.. launch of a magazine at the airport not really my scene but the airport, maybe I can learn something new, so off I trotted.
Our local airport of S Francesco of Assisi, Perugia is small and perfectly formed, a bright new terminal building, lots of glass and polished stone, ample sufficiency of car rental desks, and easy to get to and out of. It is a mere forty minute drive from Bellaugello Gay Guest House. The one problem is that unless you wish to travel from Eastern Europe or Italy the choice of flights are limited.
So the magazine launch was intensely uninteresting and it being a hot sunny day we went in search of a gelato. Coming out of the café we got chatting to a guy who just turned out to be the Managing Director of the airport, yes, it was well worth my time coming.
Piervittorio was charming, helpful and prepared to listen to our gripes whilst explaining the airport strategy, his vision for the future, and also giving us some good news. He and the region are in active discussions with Eurowings and Easyjet and Ryanair for new routes. It seems that to save the company from going under Eurowings have bought some of Air Berlin’s planes, and are looking for new destinations. Easyjet are in expansion mode and Ryanair are already thinking about the consequences of Brexit and the possibility of them having to relocate sixty of their fleet into Europe and Perugia is fighting hard to win that business.
We learnt of the possible new routes to Perugia:
Berlin Germany, Cologne Germany, Eindhoven Netherlands, Krakow Poland, Manchester UK Paris France. Now of course nothing is yet 100% confirmed, but negotiations are “progressing well”. For some destinations daily flight frequency is proposed, and others three or more times per week. This is excellent news, getting to Bellaugello for your holiday break is hopefully getting much easier.