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Alitalia Lays Out June International and Domestic Schedules
Italy-based Alitalia has announced a significantly increased schedule for the month of June, in comparison to what the airline operated in May. June’s schedule tentatively consists of 36% more flights than May and a return of trans-Atlantic flying. In total, 30 routes will be flown between 25 separate airports, including 10 in countries outside of Italy.
The headlining routes that will be resumed include non-stop flights between Rome-Fiumicino and New York’s JFK, along with flights to Madrid and Barcelona from Rome. Along with these restarted international services the carrier will reinstate scheduled service between Milan and various airports in the south of Italy.
All Milan flights will take place at Malpensa Airport instead of Linate Airport. This is different from a typical schedule for Alitalia which sees almost all domestic flights to and from Milan handled at Linate Airport. This change will stay in place for the time being until Linate Airport is reopened.
Along with eight daily flights between Milan and Rome, the airline will also operate twice-daily flights to Bari, Italy and Catania, Italy. The carrier wishes to also start twice-daily service to Palermo, Italy from Milan, however, according to a press release from the airline, this specific route is at mercy of air travel restrictions in place in Sicily. Alitalia will also provide four daily flights to Milan from Cagliari, Italy; Alghero, Italy and Olbia, Italy.
Alitalia’s largest hub, Rome-Fiumicino Airport, sees an even greater uptick in service with the reintroduction of flights to 10 international destinations along with a handful of domestic cities. Beginning on May 21, the airline will increase flights to Catania and Palermo from six daily flights to eight daily. Starting on June 11 domestic cities will see the restart of flights to and from Rome. The list of 11 Italian-cities includes Genoa, Naples, Pisa, Turin and Venice. The airline did not state the specific number of trips between these cities and Rome. Internationally, service will be restored from Rome to New York, Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris and Zurich. Like with domestic flying, the airline did not lay out specifics of the international flights.
Alitalia stated that it expects to increase flight activity to around 40 percent of its pre-pandemic schedule starting in the third quarter of 2020. This anticipated level of flying, along with current schedules are all able to be modified based on the further evolution of the situation and in relation to the demand for travel. Factors such as other countries’ flight restrictions and passenger restrictions will also play a key role in the airline’s decisions in the near future.
The percentages of flights operated year-over-year look relatively grim, with only 12 percent of flights being operated in the first half of May when compared to the same period last year. However, this was an increase of two percent from the same comparison in April. For the same time period, other European flag carriers have operated an average of six or seven percent of their usual schedule.
While increasing schedules, the airline has also stated that it will continue to follow all laws set in place in Italy with regards to social distancing onboard aircraft.
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