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Alitalia resumes nonstop Rome-New York services

Alitalia flight AZ 608 marking the resumption of the Airline direct services between Rome and New York, departed at 10:40 am this morning (June 2).

Flights to and from New York will be operated twice a week (from Italy on Tuesdays and Saturdays, from the United States on Wednesdays and Sundays) until 14 June. In the second half of June, the service will be increased to four days a week, with the addition of two flights from Italy on Thursdays and Sundays and two from New York on Mondays and Fridays.

The flight will land at New York JFK airport at 2:25 pm (local time). The departure of the Alitalia flight from the American city is scheduled at 5:05 pm (local time) with arrival in Fiumicino at 7:40 am of the following morning.

All passenger flights are operated with reduced aircraft capacity, in order to comply with the provisions of the Italian law on social distancing on board aircraft.

Photo: Alitalia.

Alitalia to resume flights to New York, Spain and from Milan to southern Italy in June – 36% more flights compared to May

Alitalia will resume on June 2, 2020 the nonstop Rome-New York service, direct flights to Spain (Roma-Madrid and Rome-Barcelona) and nonstop flights between Milan and southern Italy. The Airline will operate 36% more flights compared to May, flying on 30 routes to 25 airports, including 15 in Italy and 10 abroad.

In detail, from Milan Malpensa airport, where the Airline will carry on its operations until the reopening of Linate airport, Alitalia will operate, in addition to the 8 daily services with Rome Fiumicino, two daily flights to and from Bari, Catania and Palermo (except for any extension of the restrictions on air transport to and from Sicily currently in force) and 4 daily flights to and from Cagliari, Alghero and Olbia.

From Rome, after having already increased services with Cagliari (from 4 to 6 flights per day), beginning on May 21, Alitalia will increase its flights with Catania and Palermo (from 6 to 8 per day) and in June the Airline will connect its hub in Rome Fiumicino airport with Alghero, Bologna, Bari, Genoa, Lamezia Terme, Milan, Naples, Olbia, Pisa, Turin, Venice and, abroad, besides New York, with Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris and Zurich.

 

For the third quarter of 2020, Alitalia expects to increase its activity at about 40% of what was planned before the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Flight offering will increase according to the trend in demand, which is already recovering on some domestic routes, and benefiting from the progressive abolition by foreign countries of restrictions on flights and passengers from Italy, as well as from lower disincentive guidelines for travels to Italy.

 

During June and July, Alitalia will also continue cargo services with China which have allowed to import so far over 70 million of protective face masks and other medical supplies (such as respirators, safety gloves, protective glasses and lab coats) necessary to manage the Covid-19 emergency. Besides the 15 services operated between March and April and the 24 flights that will be operated in May, the Airline has scheduled 25 further cargo services for June.

 

Alitalia also continues to organize special flights, in coordination with the Crisis Unit of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, even operating to and from airports not usually served by the Airline, in order to repatriate Italian citizens still stranded abroad. The Airline is organizing new special flights with Argentina for the next few days.

 

All passenger flights are operated with the aircraft capacity more than halved, in order to comply with the provisions of the Italian law on social distancing on board aircraft.

 

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Alitalia has never suspended its flight operations ensuring an essential public service for travelers and operating, on average, more flights than the main European airlines, in particular the low cost carriers. Despite the need to adopt a limited flight program, in April, for instance, Alitalia operated about 10% of flights compared to the same month of the previous year, against an average of 6% of flights operated by the main European flag carriers and about 2% of flights operated by no frills airlines. This trend has continued also in the first 15 days of May when Alitalia operated about 12% of flights compared to the same period of the previous year, against an average of about 7% of flights operated by the main European flag carriers and about 2% of flights operated by the main low cost airlines.

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Alitalia 4 is coming in June, again state owned

Alitalia will initially be state-owned according to Transport Minister Stefano Patuanelli according to a report by Reuters.

The reorganized flag carrier will be relaunched in June with “over 90 planes”.

Italy was unable to find a buyer, hence the relaunch.

From Reuters:

“Speaking before a parliamentary committee for transport, the minister said the government would create a new company at the beginning of June that would take 100% of the airline.

“The new Alitalia will start with a fleet of more than 90 aircraft compared with its current 113 airplanes,” Patuanelli said, denying reports the fleet could be cut to 30 planes.”

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