ITA Airways, the new Italian flag carrier, is launching direct flights between London City Airport and Rome whilst also expanding its Milan service.
London City – Rome will be a brand new route (the airline currently only flies to Rome from Heathrow) whilst Milan will see an additional fifth daily flight.
ITA Airways is the rising phoenix of Alitalia, the former Italian flag carrier. Having been through numerous bailouts, at huge cost to Italian taxpayers, ITA was launched as a smaller airline without the legacy costs of Alitalia. The ploy worked, and Lufthansa is now in line to purchase ITA and add it to its growing European network.
For now, however, ITA remains part of the SkyTeam alliance alongside Virgin Atlantic. You can now book ITA redemptions via Virgin Atlantic as we outline in this article.
Both new routes will be operated by ITA’s smart new A220-100s. This is one of the most comfortable narrowbody aircraft to fly with large overhead bins and bigger windows than its A320 / 737 counterparts.
London City – Rome launches on 1st April with 12 weekly frequencies:
- AZ211 departs London City at 11am and arrives in Rome at 14:30
- AZ213 departs London City at 17:20 and arrives in Rome at 20:50
For the return, you have a choice of:
- AZ212 which departs Rome at 08:50 and arrives in London City at 10:25
- AZ214 which departs Rome at 15:15 and arrives in London City at 16:50
There are two flights every day except Saturdays and Sundays, which only have one.
The additional London City – Milan flight will operate to Linate and starts on 10th April. In total, ITA will operate 31 weekly flights from London City to Rome and Milan.
Flights are now bookable online, although they don’t appear to be loaded for redemption with Virgin Points yet.