Orionair to fly from Salerno

Spanish airline Orionair has agreed to operate one of its two BAe 146-300s on services from Salerno airport at Pontecagnano, near Napoli. Twice daily services to Milano Malpensa will begin on 1 August, along with twice-weekly flights to Bucuresti and Barcelona. The aircraft will also be available for charters. The flights will be operated on behalf of Roma-based broker Global Aviation Network (GAN), who will commercialize the flights under the ‘VolaSalerno‘ brand. GAN was selected as the winner of a competition sponsored by local authorities, and will receive EUR2.5 million in support for the services. Orionair had earlier been recruited by another broker, Slam Servizi Aerei, that was applying for the subsidies, and had secured slots at Malpensa. Local authorities eventually chose GAN, however, as it proposed starting services sooner than Slam would have. GAN then made its own arrangement with Orionair. Orionair crews will fly the 146, while flight attendants will be hired locally. An earlier attempt to begin services from Salerno had led to the creation of Air Sal during 2005, using a BAe 146-200 operated by Flightline. Salerno’s airport was not yet open for operations at the time, however, and the effort proved shortlived.

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