Alitalia outlines Venice growth plans

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Alitalia has outlined growth plans for its operations at Venice Marco Polo airport, including those of its Air One subsidiary, which is due to begin services from the airport on 4 May.

The Venice base will be Air One's third in Italy, serving 12 domestic and international destinations with two Airbus A320s, the carrier says in a statement.

Destinations served include three national - Brindisi, Cagliari and Palermo - and nine international - Barcelona, ​​Prague, St Petersburg, Warsaw, Istanbul, Brussels, Athens, Palma de Mallorca and Menorca.

The carrier hopes to operate a total of 2,550 flights from Venice in 2012, it says.

Alitalia has also renewed its Venice-based fleet, replacing Boeing MD-80s with Embraer 190 and Airbus A320-family aircraft for domestic services to Rome Fiumicino, Naples, Bari, Lamezia Terme, Catania and two seasonal destinations, Olbia and Reggio Calabria.