Alitalia sets off for South Africa once again

Alitalia Rome Fiumicino to Johannesburg

Alitalia Johannesburg

Alitalia resumed service to Johannesburg on 8 April, ending a 16-year absence for the SkyTeam member on the route from Rome Fiumicino. Seen speaking at the inaugural flight ceremony in the Italian capital is Fabio Lazzerini, CCO of Alitalia. The Italian flag carrier will operate a four times weekly service between the two airports.

Alitalia Johannesburg

Alitalia’s inaugural service, operated by one of the airline’s A330s, touched down in Johannesburg from Rome Fiumicino shortly after 08:00 the following morning. A cake made-up just part of the celebrations which welcomed the SkyTeam carrier back to the country, a market it has not been present in for 16 years.

  • Alitalia returned to South Africa on 8 April, ending a 16-year hiatus of serving the African nation. The airline will now operate a four times weekly service between Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and Johannesburg (JNB) using its fleet of 250-seat A330-200s. The route faces no direct competition. Alitalia CCO Fabio Lazzerini said of the new service: “We are delighted to be back in South Africa and especially Johannesburg Airport, which remains the busiest airport in Africa and a gateway to the region. This was always an important market for us and we are pleased that the process of restructuring and realignment of Alitalia has now permitted us to return.” Bongiwe Pityi, GM of Johannesburg Airport, added to Lazzerini’s comments: “The leadership team of the airport is very pleased to welcome Alitalia to South Africa, as well as to one of Africa’s leading hubs. It is such a great pleasure that we can rekindle the relationship we previously shared for many years.” On 3 April, the SkyTeam carrier also commenced flights between Milan Linate (LIN) and Madrid (MAD). The 1,176-kilometre sector is flown 12 times weekly by Alitalia’s E175 fleet and will encounter direct competition from Iberia, which itself operates the airport pair on a four times daily basis. See how this route launch’s FTWA performed against other airports from around the world. 

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