Alitalia is planning to launch a series of new routes to Asia as part of its restructuring plan. New Asian routes outlined under the turnaround plan include Rome-Beijing, Rome-Seoul, Milan-Shanghai and additional Milan-Tokyo flights.
The airline will also launch daily services to Abu Dhabi from Venice, Milan, Bologna and Catania, as well as additional flights from Rome, all of which will allow onward connections to destinations in the Asia Pacific region.
The “new” Alitalia started operating on 1 January 2015, following Etihad’s acquisition of a 49% stake in the loss-making carrier. The turnaround plan, which also includes new branding, customer service initiatives, new aircraft and codeshare partnerships, is intended to return Alitalia to profit by 2017.
The route expansion will be based on Alitalia developing a “three-hub strategy” in Italy, with increased long-haul services from Milan Malpensa, more connections with partner airlines at Milan Linate, and an increase in short-, medium- and long-haul traffic at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.
As well as the new Asian flights, Alitalia plans to add new routes from Rome to San Francisco, Mexico City and Santiago, plus additional flights to New York, Chicago and Rio de Janeiro.
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