Air One to start Gatwick-Catania service

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Air One will gain a UK link when it introduces a new London Gatwick-Catania connection in December, as part of a 10% boost in the Alitalia-owned airline's services to Sicily next year.

Thrice-weekly flights will be operated with an Airbus A320 from 19 December 2013 until 7 January 2014, and the service will be resumed in April 2014 as part of Air One’s summer schedule.

Air One will become the third operator on the route after British Airways and EasyJet, which plans to open an additional route to Catania from London Luton next year.

The new international link is part of an expansion of Air One and Alitalia’s operations in Sicily. They plan to base a total of 14 aircraft on the Italian island in 2014 and operate 450 weekly flights – a 10% increase in services compared with summer 2013.

Air One will deploy six aircraft from Sicily next year to operate 26 domestic and international routes: 17 from Catania and nine from Palermo.

Alitalia will base four aircraft at Catania and four at Palermo. These will be used to connect the cities with Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate.

The Italian flag carrier will make its debut at Sicily’s Comiso airport in 8 December when it begins a new Milan Linate service.

This new route will be operated twice weekly, on Tuesdays with an Embraer 175 and Sundays with an Airbus A320.

With the new connection, the Italian national carrier will serve all six of Sicily’s airports in 2014: Catania, Comiso, Palermo and, on a seasonal basis, Lampedusa, Trapani and Pantelleria.