In 1993, with the arrival of the eighth MD-82, Meridiana inaugurated two new service routes from and to Sardinia, the Cagliari-Florence and the Cagliari-Paris, opening also its second daily flight between Florence and Paris, its fifth daily flight between Verona and Rome, and its fourth daily flight between Milan-Malpensa and Rome. The year it celebrated its 33 years of foundation Meridiana closed the financial year with total sales of 399 billion liras, an operating income gain of 24.7 billion and a net gain of 1.2 billion; the passengers carried were 2.188.961 (+13.3 relative to the previous year) with a passenger load factor of 54%. Having surpassed the 2 million passenger margin Meridiana has established itself as the second Italian airline.
In 1994 the company doubled the daily frequencies from Florence to London and Palermo, activating also the seasonal route Cagliari-Olbia-London. A fourth BAe146-200 entered the fleet in Florence to match the growing volume of operations at Peterola airport. The 1994 financial year closed with a positive result: gross income of 457 billion liras, operating gains of 36 billion liras, net gains of 1.5 billion liras. Flight hours were 44.802 and the passengers carried 2.405.600 with a mean passenger load factor of 55.7%. The 1996 novelties concern a new route from Turin to Catania and to Palermo and the new seasonal service Florence-Olbia, the doubling of the flight frequency between Verona and Catania, and between Bologna.
The 1996 novelties concern a new route from Turin to Catania and to Palermo and the new seasonal service Florence-Olbia, the doubling of the flight frequency between Verona and Catania, and between Bologna and Cagliari, as well as the flight frequency increase between Bologna and Barcelona The company’s revenues that year were 479 billion liras with operative gains of 10.6 billions and net gains of 870 million liras; flight time was 46.562 hours on a total of 35.335 routes, the passengers carried were 2.409.000 with a load factor of 53.6%. In 1997 Meridiana undersigned important code-sharing agreements with Alitalia relative to the services Milano/Malpensa-Roma-Milano/Malpensa (three rotations operated by Meridiana carriers), Pisa-Catania-Pisa (one daily flight with Meridiana carriers), Turin-Catania-Turin (two daily non-stop rotations operated by Meridiana), and the Bologna-Palermo-Bologna (two daily non-stop rotations with Alitalia’s carriers).