Air Italy on Thursday announced its foray into the Indian aviation market with its maiden flight services to New Delhi and Mumbai from Milan, starting December, said official.
The Italian carrier said it would operate three flights per week each to Delhi and Mumbai from the Milan’s largest international airport at Malpensa.
Initially, the Italian carrier had planned to start India operations from October 28 and to operate five times a week, it said.
“We look forward to the connection between Italy and two of the main business and tourist destinations in Asia - Mumbai and New Delhi. With the launch of our India operations in December, we are excited to offer newer routes and a wider travel option to the discerning travellers from India,” said Rossen Dimitrov, chief operating officer of Air Italy.
“Our new service will increase convenience for business guests, leisure travellers as well as students, travelling between India and Italy, further strengthening commerce as well as tourism ties between the two countries,” said Dimitrov.
The Air Italy will be deploying its 252-seater Airbus A330 aircraft to both routes, with 24 seats in business class and remaining 228 in economy, the airline said.
The services to Delhi will commence from December 7, while the Mumbai-Milan route will be operational from December 14, it said.
The airline also said that, “With our new flights serving Delhi, we are proud to invest in one of the most fascinating and dynamic destinations in Asia.”
Following the announcement of its flight services to India, the Italian airline is hopeful to become the largest airline in terms of non-stop flight services between Italy and India.
Meanwhile, the news flight will also provide seamless air connectivity from Delhi and Mumbai to New York, Miami and within Italy to Rome, Palermo, Catania, Napoli, Lamezia Terme and Olbia through Milan, the airline said.
Headquartered in Olbia, Air Italy, a rebranding of legacy Italian regional carrier Meridiana, is the second largest airline in Italy, following Alitalia, it said.
(With inputs from agencies)