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Italian airline ITA Airways – successor to Alitalia – recently announced its expansion into the United States for the summer season, adding new non-stop routes connecting Rome to Miami and Boston.
On March 1, the first flight on the new route from Rome Fiumicino arrived in Miami, becoming the only direct flight connecting the state of Florida with Italy. Alitalia had this route three years ago, but the service ended in 2019. Now ITA Airways will serve this route three times a week.
Ralph Cutié, director and chief executive officer of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, expressed his excitement: “We look forward to returning direct flights to Italy to our passengers as a result of ITA Airways’ new Miami service. MIA continues to lead international travel to Florida and the addition of ITA Airways now brings non-stop service from one of our most popular international markets once again.”
Since Wednesday – March 2nd – the route Boston-Rome also serves Americans three times a week. Todd Smith, director of aviation operations at Massport, said in a statement that they welcome ITA Airways: “This service offers travelers a new connection between Boston and Rome, whether for business reasons, to study abroad, to visit relatives or to explore Europe.”
ITA Airways already offers a service connecting New York to Rome, and the company announced that it will also be increasing the frequency of flights on all of its routes during the summer season. The airline expects 42 flights per week by August.
Itineraries from ITA to the USA
ITA Airways takes over the routes of the old Alitalia and establishes new connections with the United States. These are the new routes for ITA Airways:
The airline already operates this non-stop route three times a week (Tuesday, Friday and Sunday) and connects Florida with the Italian capital. This is the current itinerary:
- From Roma-Fiumicino (FCO) to Miami (MIA), flight AZ630: departs at 11:00 a.m., arrives at 4:40 p.m.
- From Miami (MIA) to Roma-Fiumicino (FCO), flight AZ631: departs at 7:40 p.m., arrives at 11:30 a.m. the next day.
ITA Airways expects to increase frequency to five times a week from April and then daily in June until winter.
Since Wednesday, the airline – together with Delta Airlines – has been operating this route twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This is ITA Airway’s itinerary:
- From Roma-Fiumicino (FCO) to Boston (BOS), flight AZ614: departure at 10:20 am, arrival at 2:00 pm.
- From Boston (BOS) to Roma-Fiumicino (FCO), flight AZ615: departs at 5:10 p.m., arrives at 7:00 a.m. the next day.
It is expected to escalate to 5 flights per week in April and daily flights in June and September.
Already offering direct flights from New York (JFK) to Milan, ITA Airways will shortly resume services from Los Angeles (LAX) to Rome-Fiumicino for the summer, becoming the only airline to connect the West Coast with Italy.
ITA Airways: A new airline related to Alitalia
ITA Airways is the brand new national airline launched in October 2021. ITA stands for Italia Transporto Aereo and is administered by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance.
This national airline replaces Alitalia – also a state-owned airline until 2009, then also managed by the private sector – which operated for 74 years before going bankrupt in 2017 terminated services in 2021.
ITA Airways bought part of Alitalia’s fleet, staff and assets, including flight codes and airport slots. Quickly, the airline began providing services, building alliances and applying for permits to operate internationally, including the United States Department of Transportation New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington DC will be added to its routes first, followed by Chicago and San Francisco in 2023. The airline emerged during the pandemic and continues to expand globally.
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