Alitalia targets business travellers with new Milan routes

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Alitalia will operate new routes to Warsaw and Prague from Milan Linate airport from March, in a move it says is designed to meet the needs of business passengers from the northern Italian city.

Starting 30 March, the Italian national carrier will offer four-times-weekly flights to the Polish capital and thrice-weekly services to the Czech capital. On both routes, Airbus A319s or A320s will be used, in a two-class configuration.

Alitalia says the additional routes from Milan's city airport, which follow the launch of a new flight from Linate to Vienna in October 2013, are part of a wider strategy to better meet the needs of customers in Milan and northern Italy, especially the business traveller.

Innovata schedules show that Alitalia will be the only operator on the new routes.

In December 2013, Alitalia transported 384,000 passengers to and from Milan Linate, a 9.1% increase compared with the same month in 2012.

Innovata schedules also shows that Alitalia is basing its domestic and European services out of Milan Linate while Milan Malpensa, now dominated by EasyJet, is primarily being used for long-haul routes, with services to Japan, Russia and the USA, plus a feeder service to and from Rome.

An earlier version of this article erroneously listed China among Alitalia's long-haul destinations from Milan Malpensa.