2 FEBRUARY 2015
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Following the completion of equity investments by Etihad Airways (49%) and Alitalia’s existing shareholders Alitalia has revealed its plans for the future. (See BTN 26 January)
Vital to the new concept is a three-hub strategy in Italy. Milan Malpensa will increase long haul services, while Milan Linate will increase connectivity with partner airline hubs. Rome Fiumicino will grow long haul flying and continue to expand short and medium haul flying to maintain relevance to the Italian market.
Schedules across the network will be optimised to allow better connectivity, as well as increased codesharing with existing and new partners.
New routes from Rome include Berlin, Dusseldorf, San Francisco, Mexico City, Santiago (Chile), Beijing and Seoul, with increased flights to New York, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Abu Dhabi. Alitalia will also expand Milan Malpensa, with daily services to Abu Dhabi, four flights a week to Shanghai, and additional flights to Tokyo.
There will also be increased connectivity with Etihad Airways’ hub in Abu Dhabi, with daily services from Venice, Milan, Bologna and Catania, as well as additional flights from Rome all allowing onward connections to the Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, China and Australia. www.alitalia.com
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