A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Rome Fiumicino Airport on 28 October to officially open Alitalia’s new three times weekly service from the Italian capital to Mauritius. It should be noted however that the first flight on the route took place on 26 October according to Flightradar24.com data. Pictured cutting the ribbon are: Marco Gobbi, Route Manager ‒ Long Haul & Cargo, Aeroporti di Roma; Nicola Bonacchi , VP Leisure Sales & International Markets, Alitalia; Federico Scriboni, Head of Airline Traffic Development, Aeroporti di Roma; and Stephane Souny, VP Airport Experience, Alitalia.
- Alitalia commenced its latest long-haul route from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) on 26 October, confirmed by Flightradar24.com data, with the Italian flag carrier now operating a three times weekly service on a 8,343-kilometre link to Mauritius (MRU). The SkyTeam member will connect the two airports using its fleet of A330-200s, with no other airline presently operating between the two airports according to OAG schedules. Mauritius becomes Alitalia’s sixth African destination to be served non-stop from Rome Fiumicino in W18/19, with the carrier already linking the Italian capital airport with Algiers, Cairo, Casablanca, Johannesburg and Tunis. Mauritius also becomes the airline’s second destination in the Indian Ocean, with it already operating to Male in the Maldives. With this launch, it means that 14 airports in Europe have non-stop service to Mauritius this winter based on OAG data for the w/c 30 October 2018.