Newly-launched Italian national carrier ITA Airways has entered a codeshare agreement with Air Malta which takes effect from the end of October.

The agreement will enable passengers of each airline to access the networks of the other.

ITA’s designator code ‘AZ’, which was used by predecessor Alitalia, will be applied to services operated by Air Malta.

The Air Malta code ‘KM’ will similarly be carried by a number of ITA flights.

ITA chief of network, fleet and alliances Andrea Benassi says the carrier is “seeking valuable partnerships” to support its “important start-up period”.

“This agreement goes in the right direction,” he says.

Italy is one of Air Malta’s most important markets, says the carrier’s chief commercial officer Roy Kinnear, and the new partnership will boost business travel and tourism and offer customers more options and better flight schedules.

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Source: Air Malta

Air Malta’s flights will carry the ‘AZ’ code of ITA