The Italian Airline ITA Airways —successor to Alitalia— recently announced its expansion to the United States for the summer season and added new non-stop routes connecting Rome with Miami and Boston.
On March 1st, the first flight of the new route from Rome Fiumicino arrived in Miami, becoming the only direct flight connecting the state of Florida to Italy. Three years ago, Alitalia had this route, but the service stopped in 2019. Now, ITA Airways will serve this route 3 times a week.
Ralph Cutié, the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, expressed his excitement: “We look forward to once again providing our passengers direct flights to Italy because of ITA Airways’ new Miami service. MIA continues to lead the way for international travel to Florida, and the addition of ITA Airways now brings back nonstop service from one of our most popular international markets.”
Since Wednesday—March 2— the route Boston-Rome is serving Americans also three times a week. Todd Smith, director of aviation operations at Massport, said in a statement that they welcomed ITA Airways: “This service provides travelers a new connection between Boston and Rome, whether it’s for business, to study abroad, visit relatives or explore Europe.”
ITA Airways already offers a service connecting New York to Rome, and the company announced that they will also increase the flights’ frequency of all their routes during the summer season. By August, the carrier expects to serve 42 flights per week.
ITA’s Itineraries to the US
ITA Airways is taking over ancient Alitalia’s routes and building new connections with the United States. These are the new routes for ITA Airways:
The airline already started to serve this non-stop route three times a week (Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday) connecting Florida to the Italian capital. This is the current itinerary:
- From Roma-Fiumicino (FCO) to Miami (MIA), flight AZ630: departs at 11:00 am, arrives at 4:40 pm.
- From Miami (MIA) to Roma-Fiumicino (FCO), flight AZ631: Departs at 7:40 pm, arrives at 11:30 am the next day.
ITA Airways expects to increase frequency starting in April to five times a week and then daily flights in June, till winter.
Since Wednesday, the airline is serving this route —along with Delta Airlines— twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday. This is ITA Airway’s itinerary:
- From Roma-Fiumicino (FCO) to Boston (BOS), flight AZ614: Departs at 10:20am, arrives at 2:00pm.
- From Boston (BOS) to Roma-Fiumicino (FCO), flight AZ615: Departs at 5:10 pm, arrives at 7:00 am the next day.
It is expected to escalate to 5 flights per week in April and daily flights during June and September.
ITA Airways already offers direct flights from New York (JFK) to Milan and will soon resume flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Rome -Fiumicino for summer, and will become the only carrier to connect the West Coast to Italy.
ITA Airways: A New Airline Related To Alitalia
ITA Airways is the brand new state-owned carrier, launched in October 2021. ITA stands for Italia Transporto Aereo and it is managed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Italy.
This flag carrier comes to replace Alitalia —also a government-owned airline until 2009 and then managed also by the private sector — that operated for 74 years until going bankrupt in 2017 and terminated services in 2021.
ITA Airways bought part of Alitalia’s fleet, staff and assets, including flight codes and airport slots. Quickly, the airline started providing services, building alliances and requesting permits to operate internationally, including the United States Department of Transportation to include New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles and Whashington DC first on their routes, and Chicago and San Francisco in 2023. The carrier has emerged during the pandemic and continues to expand worldwide.
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