Lufthansa-subsidiary Air Dolomiti is close to signing a new codeshare agreement with United Airlines, says its president Michael Kraus.
The codeshare would boost traffic flows and improve connections to and from the USA for the Italian regional carrier, he said at an event in New York on 7 April.
About 4% to 8% of Air Dolomiti’s traffic originates in the USA, says Kraus.
Boosting connections to the USA is important to Air Dolomiti. About 4% to 8% of its traffic originates in the country and this number is expected to increase during the Expo Milan 2015 from May to October 2015, he says.
Verona-based Air Dolomiti flies to 10 cities in Italy – including Milan Malpensa and Milan Bergamo airports – from Munich International airport, where it feeds Lufthansa’s hub. It also flies between Frankfurt to Verona.
United flies to Munich from Chicago O’Hare, Newark and Washington Dulles, and will add a new nonstop flight from Houston Intercontinental on 26 April.
Air Dolomiti is also in talks with All Nippon Airways (ANA) about a possible codeshare as it works to expand connections with Star Alliance carriers, says Kraus.
The airline added Air Canada as a codeshare partner in June 2013.