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Will Alitalia abandon Milan Malpensa?

Local media reports in Italy are reporting Alitalia will drop all flights to and from Milan Malpensa  Airport on October 1, 2020 after 70 years. The airline has not confirmed the media reports.

In Italian from il Giornale.it.

Alitalia also serves Milan Linate Airport.

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Alitalia will operate more flights to international destinations in September and October

Alitalia will operate more flights to foreign destinations in September and October when the medium and long-haul international sector will grow by 7% in September and 29% in October, compared to August.

The Alitalia flight schedule will see in September the resume of direct services from Rome to Buenos Aires and to Japan, Israel and Algeria which were postponed from mid-August to early September, following the extension of the restrictions to travels to those Countries. Alitalia will also resume domestic services from Rome Fiumicino to Verona. From Milan, in September Alitalia will resume Milan LinateFrankfurt services, as well as flights from Milan Malpensa to New York, another service rescheduled from mid-August to the beginning of the following month. In September, Alitalia will also increase number of frequencies on several international and domestic routes.

In October, Alitalia plans to resume flights from Milan Linate to Düsseldorf and Paris Orly, as well as further increasing number of frequencies on national and international routes served from Rome and Milan.

The airline will operate in October almost 1,630 services per week to 45 airports, including 19 domestic, thus increasing its activity at 46% of what was planned for this month before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In detail, from the beginning of September Alitalia will activate air services from Rome Fiumicino to Buenos Aires (4 weekly flights which will be increased to 6 in October), Tokyo Haneda, Algiers (6 flights per week for each airport), Tel Aviv (4 weekly services) and, on the domestic network, the Airline will resume services from Rome to Verona (4 daily flights).

The airline will also increase from September 1 the number of frequencies from Rome to Geneva, Brussels, Nice, Tunis (from 14 to 20 flights per week for each airport), Zurich (from 10 to 14 weekly services) and Cairo (from 6 to 10 weekly flights). Other increases of frequencies are expected in September on domestic routes, such as Rome Fiumicino-Milan Linate, which will grow from 10 to 22 flights per day (14 on weekends), and from Rome Fiumicino to Genoa, Bari and Reggio Calabria, which will double from 2 to 4 daily services on each airport.

Beginning from October 1, Alitalia will increase the number of flights from Rome to Tel Aviv (from 4 to 10 weekly services), Amsterdam (from 14 to 24 weekly flights), Tirana (from 14 to 20 weekly services) and Geneva (from 20 to 28 flights per week). Other increases in number of air services are expected on domestic routes from Rome to Naples and Florence (from 2 to 4 daily services for both airports). In October Alitalia will operate overall 1,100 weekly flights between its hub in Rome Fiumicino airport and 42 domestic and international destinations.

From Milan Linate airport, beginning in September, Alitalia will resume international flights to Frankfurt (14 weekly services) and will increase number of services on the routes from Milan Linate to London Heathrow, Paris Charles De Gaulle (from 2 to 4 flights per day on both airports) and Brussels (from 12 to 24 weekly services). In September the Airline will also restart flights between Milan Malpensa and New York (6 services per week).

Beginning in October, Alitalia plans to resume international services to Düsseldorf (24 flights per week) and Paris Orly (14 weekly services). The Airline has also planned an increase of frequencies from 1 October from Milan Linate airport to Amsterdam and Frankfurt (from 14 to 24 weekly flights on both airports). On the domestic network, Alitalia will increase services from Linate airport to Bari and Naples (from 4 to 6 flights per day on both airports). In October, Alitalia will operate around 670 weekly flights between Milan and 19 destinations.

In compliance with the current laws, all Alitalia aircraft are sanitised with high-powered sanitizing products every day and, thanks to HEPA filters and vertical circulation, the air on board is not only renewed every three minutes, but it is also 99.7% pure, just like in a sterile medical room. All passengers are also required to complete a self-certification form before boarding, which certifies that they have not had close contact with people diagnosed with Covid-19. In addition, passengers must bring protective masks to be worn from their arrival at the airport and during the flight, taking into account that they have to bring an adequate number of protective masks according to the duration of the flight, since it is necessary to replace the mask with a new one every 4 hours.

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Alitalia resumes direct Rome-Boston services

Alitalia resumed nonstop services between Rome and Boston on July 16. The first Alitalia flight to Boston Logan airport departed from Rome Fiumicino at 10:20 am (local time).

 

The service to Boston is in addition to the one to New York, resumed in early June, and will be operated three times a week (from Italy every Monday, Thursday and Saturday, from the United States every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday).

 

In compliance with the current laws, all Alitalia aircraft are sanitised with high-powered sanitizing products every day and, thanks to HEPA filters and vertical circulation, the air on board is not only renewed every three minutes, but it is also 99.7% pure, just like in a sterile medical room. All passengers are also required to complete a self-certification form before boarding, which certifies that they have not had close contact with people diagnosed with Covid-19. In addition, passengers must bring protective masks to be worn from their arrival at the airport and during the flight, taking into account that they have to bring an adequate number of protective masks according to the duration of the flight, since it is necessary to replace the mask with a new one every 4 hours.
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Alitalia to operate 24% more flights in August, will resume Milan-New York service

Alitalia has made this announcement:

Alitalia will increase number of flights in August, when the Airline will operate a total of over 1,600 flights per week, 24% more than in July and more than double compared to those operated in June.

Alitalia aircraft will fly on 75 routes (24 more than July) and 52 airports (16 more than in the previous month), of which 20 in Italy and 32 abroad. Seats offered in August will return to exceed one million per month, with a growth by 29% compared to July. Despite the significant growth of operations compared to the previous two months, Alitalia will increase its activity in August at around 45% of what was planned before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Alitalia flight schedule will see in August, on the long-haul sector, the beginning of the Rome-Tokyo Haneda route (from August 17), the resume of the Milan Malpensa-New York service (from August 15) and the increase of flights between Rome and New York.

On the medium-haul international network, Alitalia will increase the number of destinations served in Spain, France and North Africa and will resume services to and from the Middle East, as well as increasing the number of flights to airports already served abroad; in addition, the Airline will launch many seasonal services to the Balearic Islands and to the Greek Islands (both from Rome and Milan). For the domestic sector, Alitalia will increase air services between Northern and Southern Italy.

Furthermore, beginning on July 24, Alitalia will resume operations to and from Milan Linate airport where the Airline will operate, in a first stage, only the PSO routes to and from Sardinia. Starting from August 1, the airline will operate to and from Milan Linate Airport the other domestic and international routes operated until July 31 to and from Milan Malpensa, in compliance with the limit at the number of hourly movements on the city airport of Milan, that was decided by Authorities in order to reduce the number of departing passengers and ensure social distancing inside the airport.

In detail, in August Alitalia will connect its hub in Rome Fiumicino airport to 51 domestic and international destinations with approximately 1,050 weekly flights. In addition to the services already operated, from the beginning of August the Airline will start flights from Rome Fiumicino to Malaga, Algiers, Cairo (6 flights per week for each airport) Marseille and Tel Aviv (10 flights per week for both airports), as well as new seasonal summer flights to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Corfu, Kefalonia, Heraklion (Crete), Rhodes, Mykonos (4 flights per week with each of these airports) and Zakynthos (2 weekly flights). From August 17, Alitalia will inaugurate new service from Rome to Tokyo Haneda (6 flights per week).

Alitalia will also increase from August 1 the number of air services from Rome Fiumicino airport to New York (from 8 to 14 flights per week), Athens (from 2 to 4 daily flights), Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Geneva, Munich, Tunis (from 10 to 14 flights per week for each airport), Malta, Nice and Tirana (from 6 to 14 flights per week for each airport). Frequencies of flights will also be increased on domestic routes from Rome to Brindisi (from 2 to 4 daily flights) and Pantelleria (from 4 to 6 flights per week). With the reopening of Milan Linate airport, in August Alitalia will resume services from Rome to both Milan Linate (with 10 flights per day) and Malpensa (4 flights per day) airports.

Alitalia will serve a total of 24 destinations from Milan Linate and Malpensa airports with approximately 710 weekly flights.

From Milan Linate Airport, beginning on July 24, Alitalia will operate flights to Cagliari (16 per day), Olbia (10 per day), Alghero (6 per day).

Beginning from August1, Alitalia will operate to and from Milan Linate airport the domestic and international medium-haul flights operated until 31 July to and from Milan Malpensa airport, such as the routes to Bari, Brindisi, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Naples, Palermo, Pantelleria, Reggio Calabria, Rome Fiumicino and, abroad, Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris. Alitalia will also increase frequencies of many domestic services from Milan Linate to Catania (from 8 to 12 daily flights), Lamezia Terme and Brindisi (from 4 to 6 daily services for both airports), Naples (from 2 to 4 flights per day) and Lampedusa (from 2 to 4 weekly flights, summer seasonal service).

Furthermore, from the beginning of August, the Airline will activate new summer seasonal services from Milan Linate to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Corfu, Heraklion (Crete) and Rhodes (4 flights per week with each of these airports). 

At Milan Malpensa airport, from August 1, Alitalia will continue to operate air services with Rome Fiumicino (4 flights per day) and, from August 15 the airline will resume direct flights to New York (6 flights per week).

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Alitalia to operate over 1,000 weekly flights in July

Alitalia will increase number of flights and destinations served in July. During the month, the Airline will operate over 1,000 weekly flights reaching 13 new domestic and international airports: Amsterdam, Athens, Boston, Malta, Nice, Tel Aviv, Tirana, Tunis and in Italy Brindisi, Florence, Lampedusa, Pantelleria and Reggio Calabria.

Alitalia will operate 60% more flights compared to June and will double number of services compared to May. Alitalia aircraft will fly on 52 routes (22 more than June) to 37 airports, including 19 in Italy and 18 abroad. Seats offered in July will grow by 60% compared to the previous month.

The Alitalia flight schedule in July will mainly include the reopening of international air services from Milan and the increase of international flights from Rome, as well as the increase of services from Northern Italy to Southern Italy and the Italian islands.

 

In detail, Alitalia will resume flights from Rome Fiumicino to Athens (2 flights per day, from 1 July), Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Tunis (10 flights per week with each of the three airports, from 1 July), Nice and Tirana (6 flights per week for each airport, from 1 July), Malta (6 flights per week, from 2 July), Boston (6 flights per week, from 16 July), Brindisi (2 flights per day, from 1 July), Florence (2 flights per day from 1 July, replacing the services to Pisa), Reggio Calabria (2 flights per day, from 1 July), Lampedusa and Pantelleria (4 flights per week with each of the two airports, summer seasonal services from 4 July).

Alitalia will also increase from 1 July the number of air services from Rome Fiumicino airport to Barcelona and Madrid (from 6 flights per week to 2 per day for each airport), Paris (from 20 flights per week to 4 per day), London (from 4 to 6 flights per day), Milan (from 8 to 10 flights per day), Bologna, Lamezia Terme, Turin and Venice (from 2 to 4 flights per day for each of the four airports). The Airline has already planned to increase, beginning from 15 June, the number of services from Rome to Catania and Palermo (from 8 to 10 flights per day with each of the two airports) and to Cagliari (from 6 to 8 daily flights).

From Milan Malpensa airport, where the Airline will carry on its operations until the reopening of Linate airport, Alitalia will resume international services to London, Paris, Amsterdam (2 flights per day with each of the three airports, from 1 July), Brussels (12 flights per week, from 1 July) and domestic services to Brindisi, Lamezia Terme, Naples, Reggio Calabria (2 flights per day with each airport), Pantelleria and Lampedusa (2 flights per week with each of the two airports, summer seasonal services which will start, respectively, from 4 and 5 July).

Furthermore, the Airline has already planned to increase, beginning from today, the number of flights from Milan to Cagliari (from 4 to 6 daily flights) and to double services, from 13 June, to Catania and Palermo (from 2 to 4 flights per day with each of the two airports).

Overall, with about 750 weekly flights Alitalia will connect its hub in Rome Fiumicino airport with 36 domestic and international destinations (Alghero, Bologna, Bari, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Florence, Genoa, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Milan, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Pantelleria, Reggio Calabria, Turin, Venice and, abroad, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Boston, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneve, London, Madrid, Malta, Munich, New York, Nice, Paris, Tel Aviv, Tirana, Tunis and Zurich).

From Milan, Alitalia will serve 17 domestic and international destinations (Alghero, Bari, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Pantelleria, Reggio Calabria, Rome and, abroad, Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris) with over 350 weekly flights.

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. Alitalia’s aircraft are sanitized with high-powered sanitizing products every day and, thanks to HEPA filters and vertical circulation, the air on board is 99.7% pure, just like in a sterile medical room.

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Alitalia suspends the New York route until May 31

Alitalia has announced that it has proceeded with the suspension of the Rome Fiumicino-New York JFK service from May 5 to 31, 2020 due to the marked slowdown in demand recorded in the last ten days of April and the worrying level of COVID-19 positive cases persistent in New York.

More specifically, on the 18 flights operated between April 20 and 30, the airline carried only 580 passengers, on average 32 per flight, with 12% load factor compared to the 4,675 seats offered.

The high percentage of no-show in airports of passengers holding regular ticket was presumably determined, beside the current restrictions to the mobility, by the spread of COVID-19 in the New York area (169,000 positive cases, more than double incidence, compared to Lombardy, in relation to the population). With this in mind, the Airline considered the measure – as well as economically inevitable – also appropriate for the protection of its flight crew resting so far in the American city before entering in service.

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Alitalia organizes nonstop cargo flights from China to import medical supplies

Alitalia has made this announcement:

Alitalia has organized, in coordination with the Italian Department of Civil Protection, the first of a series of cargo flights from China with the purpose of transporting medical equipment necessary for Italian hospitals to manage the Covid-19 emergency.

For this first humanitarian flight, an Alitalia’s Boeing 777-300ER, the aircraft with the largest cargo capacity among the Airline’s fleet, will take off to Shanghai next Wednesday and return to Rome on Thursday 26 March with 160 cubic meters of medical supplies stowed, including approximately 3 million of protective face masks.

The delegation comprising 37 Cuban medical doctors and 15 hospital nurses will land today at 6.10 pm in Milan Malpensa airport. Alitalia had organized the trip of the medical team from Havana to Italy, accepting the request of the Italian Prime Minister and the Department of Civil Protection.

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Alitalia continues to operate special repatriation flights

Alitalia made this announcement (translated from Italian):

New Alitalia special flights, in collaboration with the Crisis Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and more scheduled connections to facilitate the return to Italy of thousands of compatriots, including many students.

In line with the mission of ensuring an essential public service, Alitalia has increased the number of scheduled flights to five a day from London Heathrow to meet the needs of those who want to return from the United Kingdom. From Brussels, Alitalia flights have become two a day to meet the needs of those in Holland, after the blockade of services on Amsterdam. Also the connections from Paris increased to two a day.

The organization of special flights continues to facilitate the repatriation of thousands of compatriots from those countries to which normal scheduled services can no longer be operated, due to the restrictions imposed on air traffic to and from Italy.

In the next few hours other special flights will be organized from Spain (Madrid and Malaga) between March 21 and 26, from Moldova (Chişinău) for March 22, from Greece (Athens) and from Poland (Warsaw) to March 23, from Ukraine (Kiev) for March 25 and Serbia (Belgrade) for March 26.

Since the beginning of the emergency, Alitalia has already made special connections from the Maldives, Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), Warsaw, Sofia, Kiev, Madrid, Malaga, Bucharest, Algiers and Tunis, bringing over three thousand compatriots to Italy.

At the moment there is no outstanding request for special flights, however the Company remains in constant contact with the Crisis Unit of the Farnesina to prepare new ones for both passengers and freight.

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Alitalia temporarily increases London Heathrow flights

Alitalia, starting today, has upgraded to five daily flights between London Heathrow and Rome Fiumicino.
This new schedule will continue until April 5, 2020. The new pair of daily flights becomes available due to high demand from UK to Italy. Flights can be booked on Alitalia website.
Yesterday Alitalia used an Airbus A330-200 instead  of an A320 on one of the three planned flights.
Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

Reuters: Italian government to take control of Alitalia, passengers must wear masks!

Get ready for Alitalia 4. Due to the coronavirus, efforts to sell the flag carrier have failed. Now the beleaguered Italian government is preparing to take control of the carrier. What could go wrong?

From Reuters:

“The Italian government plans to take control of Alitalia, a draft decree seen by Reuters showed on Monday, as the loss-making carrier risks going belly up due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

The government has earmarked 600 million euros ($670 million) to keep the airline afloat, the draft decree also showed.

On Sunday a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters Alitalia had nearly run out of cash despite having received 400 million euros from the government at the beginning of this year.”

In other news, Alitalia is operating special repatriation flights of Italian citizens.

After the decision of almost all international airlines to suspend air services to and from Italy, Alitalia will continue to guarantee, unless restrictions on air traffic, international flights to and from Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, Marseille, Nice, Cairo and Algiers.

Alitalia will also fly on long-haul routes to and from Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Delhi, Tokyo and – until March 17 – Miami and Buenos Aires.

In Italy, the airline will continue to operate at least one daily return flight to and from most of the domestic airports still open after the provisions of the Decree of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transports.

Alitalia also reminds that, following the temporary closure of Milan Linate airport, from March 16, it will move its operations to Terminal 2 at Milan Malpensa airport. The airline will fly from Malpensa to domestic airports such as Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Naples, Palermo and Rome Fiumicino. Furthermore, starting from March 17, check-in operations for all Alitalia’s domestic, international and intercontinental flights at Rome Fiumicino airport will be carried out at Terminal 3, following the temporary closure of Terminal 1.

Finally, Alitalia is requiring passengers to wear protective masks.

Alitalia issued this statement:

The health and safety of travellers and employees has always been Alitalia’s top priority. For this reason, Alitalia informs passengers that they will be asked to provide themselves, before boarding the plane, with a protective breathing mask which must be worn if a large number of travelers on board doesn’t allow to respect the 1-meter interpersonal safety distance.

The measure comes into force with immediate effect and is part of the protocols against infection that have been adopted by Alitalia in accordance with the provisions of the competent Authorities. Alitalia could therefore deny boarding to passengers who will not be in possession of the personal protective devices. Alitalia recommends travelers to wear protective breathing mask also at airports and during boarding and disembarking from aircraft.

The new safety procedure comes on the heels of the other extraordinary measures adopted by Alitalia to protect the health of travelers and employees, sometimes also through the redesign of the onboard service. Furthermore, in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, Alitalia has increased the cleaning activities on its entire fleet, with daily disinfection and sanitation of all the surfaces in the aircraft cabins.

Alitalia crews are trained to activate, if necessary, the health protocol provided to protect travelers from the risk of contamination. Crew members also have on planes a biohazard kit available to deal with passengers with suspicious symptoms, latex gloves to collect items distributed on board and protective breathing masks to be used during service.

All of Alitalia aircraft fleet are equipped with hospital grade high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) filters which ensure 99.7% cleaning of the cabin air and completely exchange with fresh air thirty times per hour.

Staff at airports may also use protective breathing masks and latex gloves during service. Furthermore, Alitalia has established a quota system for access to the lounges with the aim of ensuring compliance with the safety distances established by the Italian Government’s provisions.

Alitalia has also adopted smart working solutions to keep its ground employees as safe as possible preventing the spread of the disease.

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