Italian operator ITA Airways is to reinforce its intercontinental network with services to Delhi before the end of this year.
The airline’s operation from Rome Fiumicino will bring to nine the number of intercontinental routes flown by the carrier.
It will open the Delhi route on 3 December with three flights weekly.
ITA says it will use Airbus A330s for the service.
The airline’s latest route illustrates its ambition to develop an Asia-Pacific network, which will also feature Tokyo from November and the Maldives in December.
ITA says it is continuing “relentless work” to expand its intercontinental reach, and is seeking to appeal to both business and leisure passengers.
The carrier adds that it is looking to underpin feeder activity and capitalise on passenger flows from India to European and North American destinations.
ITA’s intercontinental routes have previously centred on the Americas, with destinations including Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, New York, Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles.