Etihad Airways to codeshare with Alitalia

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Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways is intending to codeshare with Italian SkyTeam member Alitalia from April next year.

The two airlines have signed a tentative agreement for the partnership, which is subject to governmental approval.

Under the pact, Etihad says it will gain access to Rome and Naples, through Alitalia services from Milan, and will also codeshare on flights from Rome to Frankfurt, Geneva and Munich.

Alitalia will codeshare on Etihad's five-times weekly flights from Milan to Abu Dhabi, and beyond to Bahrain, Muscat, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Sydney and Melbourne.

"This agreement meets Alitalia's plans for services to destinations in a very dynamic area, and it complements our strategy towards the Milan and northern Italy market," says Alitalia chief Rocco Sabelli.

Etihad and Alitalia also plan to conect their respective frequent-flyer programmes.