Alitalia to open new routes in co-operation with Mistral

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Alitalia will this summer add new international routes between Rome and Marrakech and between Trieste and Nice, along with several domestic services, under a co-operation deal with Mistral Air.

The Italian flag carrier will begin twice-weekly services to Marrakech on 3 September. The city becomes Alitalia’s second destination in Morocco after Casablanca.

For the duration of August, a service between Nice and Trieste will be operated twice per week by Mistral Air with an ATR 72 turboprop.

Mistral Air is owned by Poste Italiane. Its commercial agreement with Alitalia follows Poste Italiane’s decision to acquire shares in the Italian flag carrier late last year.

Frequencies are meanwhile to be increased on Alitalia’s flights from Rome to Heraklion, Ibiza, Mykonos and Rhodes, and from Milan Linate to Athens and Copenhagen.

The Italian flag carrier is to open new domestic services from the islands of Lampedusa and Pantelleria to the airports of Catania, Palermo and Trapani in Sicily after securing public service obligation (PSO) contracts on the routes. These apply between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2017. The routes will be operated by Mistral Air using ATR 72s with its own pilots and flight attendants.

Alitalia will also offer direct flights from the islands of Lampedusa and Pantelleria to Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate.