Rome is the “most natural basin” for air
transport demand in Italy,
it adds. Alitalia intends
to reinforce connections and frequencies but the carrier has opted to axe
several unprofitable routes.
these are the long-haul services to Shanghai,
and Dakar. Regional
destinations including Zagreb,
Sarajevo, Skopje, Minsk,
Lyon and Copenhagen have also
Alitalia is also stopping
domestic flights to Rimini,
Olbia and Perugia.
The airline says: “These destinations will be resumed as soon as conditions
the carrier will serve 83 destinations during 2008. But while its Rome
network will serve 77 destinations – comprising 14 intercontinental, 40
regional and 23 domestic – its network from Malpensa will only serve half that number, a total
of 38. Milan Linate will
Alitalia will raise the number of
weekly frequencies from Rome
to more than 1,600 compared with just 366 from Malpensa and 499 from Linate.
services will concentrate on Italy’s main markets: the USA, Canada, Japan, South America and
Alitalia is also intending
to make greater use of its low-cost operation Volareweb which will potentially serve routes such
as Copenhagen, Stockholm and Lisbon.
Alitalia’s Air Europe charter
operation will concentrate during the summer on Indian Ocean, Caribbean and South American routes.