Italy's Eurofly and Livingston in long-haul flights link-up

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Italian leisure carriers Eurofly and Livingston are to begin a wide-ranging co-operation this winter, aligning their networks and codesharing on long-haul flights.

Livingston, owned by Italian tour operator Ventaglio Group, is linking up with Meridiana part-owned Eurofly to optimise services offered to tour operators for the coming winter season.

The link-up will aim to provide more direct flights and destinations and will see the two carriers codeshare on long-haul flights. Under the link-up, charter flights to Antigua, Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico and St Lucia will be operated using Livingston aircraft, while Eurofly aircraft will be deployed on services to Kenya, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. The flights will be operated using four Eurofly A330s and three Livingston A330s, and operate out of the Italian airports of Bologna, Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino.

"Service quality and the quantity of flights and destinations are the objectives of the agreement, so as to give users a better choice and a wider range of opportunities," says Eurofly CEO Gianni Rossi. "The synergies we have identified, sharing the experience of two companies, constitutes an improvement in the centrality of customer service and an important step towards the rationalisation of costs."

Livingston president and CEO Giancarlo Celani adds: "We hope this agreement represents the beginning of a commercial partnership lasting over time, in light of very positive signals received so far from the market."