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Alitalia returns to Bit with focus on the expansion of long-haul flights from Rome, Milan and Venice. Expo highlight of Alitalia summer 2015 schedule.

2015-02-12

Milan, February 12, 2015 - Alitalia is back at the BIT tourism trade fair for meeting the leading players of the Italian tourism industry, and presenting its 2015 summer schedule.

During the 2015 summer season, Alitalia will expand its long-haul network with new destinations and more frequencies. New Alitalia flights include Rome - Seoul, Milan Malpensa - Shanghai (operating for the duration of Expo), Milan Malpensa - Abu Dhabi, and Venice - Abu Dhabi. More flights will be available on routes to Rio de Janeiro (from Rome) and Tokyo (from Milan). Seasonal flights to Los Angeles and Chicago will also resume with the summer schedule.

Moreover, thanks to the partnership with Etihad Airways, passengers departing from Rome, Milan and Venice will enjoy increased and convenient connections through Abu Dhabi to destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.

In the 2015 summer season, Alitalia starts developing its long haul network with the objective to reach a capacity increase of 30% by 2018, thanks to investments in commercial activities and in its fleet.

Today, Alitalia is already the leading airline operating at Milan Malpensa Airport by number of intercontinental destinations served, and plans to increase the number of long-haul passengers flying on Malpensa to 130% by 2018.

From Linate, Alitalia will serve 43 destinations, including 28 international with new flights to Berlin, Dusseldorf and Copenhagen. Additionally, through its code share agreement with airberlin, Alitalia provides service to five destinations in Germany and Austria with over 100 weekly flights operated in partnership by the two companies.

Rome Fiumicino Airport, which remains Alitalia’s main hub with 90 destinations and more than 1,500 weekly flights, will also see an expansion in service during the 2015 summer season, particularly to intercontinental destinations in North and South America  and international destinations (including Russia, Israel, Germany and Denmark).

Ariodante Valeri, Chief Commercial Officer of Alitalia, said: "Today we return to BIT to reveal our plans for expansion and investment in new destinations, especially in our intercontinental network.

“We have an ambitious plan for all market segments, starting from the corporate and top customers. This will require the cooperation of all our partners: travel agencies, tour operators and other players in the tourism industry.

“We are committed to communicating more consistently and clearly, to better address the needs of the market, and to providing a beneficial balance between sales channels with rewards and incentives."

Alitalia and Etihad Airways, Official Airline Carriers of Global Expo Milano 2015, are preparing to welcome visitors coming to Milan from 560 destinations served directly or together with their partners.