Alitalia expands with four new routes

On 29 March, Venice Marco Polo Airport welcomed its first intercontinental service, with the addition of Alitalia’s daily flights to Abu Dhabi. Celebrating the route launch are: Peter Baumgartner, CCO, Etihad Airways; Silvano Cassano, CEO, Alitalia; Luca di Montezemolo, Chairman, Alitalia; and Enrico Marchi, Chairman, Venice Marco Polo Airport.

Alitalia Skyteam

On the same day, the SkyTeam member celebrated the start of daily flights from Milan Malpensa to Abu Dhabi, a route operated by its 777-200s. Marking the achievement are: Ariodante Valeri, CCO, Alitalia; and Jim Mueller, SVP Global Sales, Etihad Airways.

  • Alitalia expanded its international network with four new routes during the course of last week. With the longest sector being the 4,712-kilometre route from Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Abu Dhabi (AUH), and the shortest being inaugurated from Pisa (PSA) to Berlin Tegel (TXL) at 1,009 kilometres, the SkyTeam member will face competition only on two of the new additions. Interestingly, Alitalia launched its first intercontinental service from Venice Marco Polo (VCE) on 29 March, to Abu Dhabi (AUH) with daily flights, using its 250-seat A330s. Commenting on the new route from Venice, Silvano Cassano, CEO, Alitalia, said: “The Veneto region is the second wealthiest area of Italy, and the North Eastern part of the country is one of the large motors in the European economy. Connections to the Indian Subcontinent and East Asia have been in the hands of Alitalia’s competitors for many years. This is about to change, and our strength, together with the strength of Etihad Airways, will allow us to offer destinations, flight frequencies, connections and services that are unrivalled by competitors.”
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
30 Mar Milan Linate (LIN) Copenhagen (CPH) EQV (5) SAS (4)
29 Mar Milan Malpensa (MXP) Abu Dhabi (AUH) B772 (7) Etihad Airways (7)
Pisa (PSA) Berlin Tegel (TXL) A32S (2)
Venice Marco Polo (VCE) Abu Dhabi (AUH) A330 (7)
Source: OAG for w/c 31 March 2015. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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