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ITA adds new Rome and Milan flights to London City Airport

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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.

ITA adds Rome and Milan flights from London City

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.

Comments (20)

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  • Stuart says:

    Rhys, the ITA Airways article incorrectly says for flight AZ213 LCY to LCY instead of LCY to FCO.

  • NFH says:

    ITA Airways’ predecessor Alitalia used to fly between LCY and FCO around 2014. I live near LCY and I’ve recently heard ITA Airways’ Airbus A220 aircraft, presumably for this route, making an annoying howling noise on their final approach, just as those of Swiss do.

    • Gordon says:

      I have contracts at two sites, one in Morden wharf and one in Herringham road Charlton next to the Thames barriers, I often observe low flying aircraft taking off and landing at LCY, I’ve noticed how busy it has become over the years. Both sites will soon be demolished as the land has been purchased for developed by Chinese investors for new homes.
      No doubt the airport will be even busier in future with all the developments taking place around the area.

      https://www.galliardhomes.com/news/construction/jv-partnership-acquires-morden-wharf

      • NFH says:

        I’m two miles from LCY but in the flight path. The only noise disturbance is howling from the increasing number of Airbus A220 and occasional go-arounds. The reason that go-arounds are so noisy is that there is a sudden abnormal amount of thrust at low altitude, but this attracts my attention and they are interesting to watch.

        Fortunately there are no more BAe 146 / Avro RJ, which were much noisier than the other aircraft at LCY.

  • HampshireHog says:

    In more exciting news DanAir launching flights from Liverpool according to an email from the airport yesterday! I remember the roar of their Comets and cycling to their maintenance base at Lasham when I was a pup

    • daveinitalia says:

      This Dan Air is a Romanian company. The original one was bought by BA for £1 (a lot of money back then) in 1992.

      Apparently this Dan Air had planned to start flying to Israel in November, so it’s a bit like bmi, when they announced a route to the middle east a war tended to break out.

      • Hampshirehog says:

        Yes but we can dream of an era of proudly boarding kites as British and successful as the Austin allegro my Dad had to fly and flop in Lloret

  • daveinitalia says:

    ITA are currently operating their first A321neo between FCO and LHR. It’s a 3 class configuration with low flat business, premium economy and economy. This is a contrast to BA whose A321neos have the worst shorthaul config of their fleet with no middle seat tables and the uncomfortable thin seats starting before the exit rows.

    The first A321neo was supposed to operate FCO-TLV but due to current events they had to put it on a different route and LHR got it for now.

    It would be an interesting one for HfP to review and also find out what the plan for this aircraft is once more arrive.

    BA no longer have the midhaul config A321ceos inherited from bmi, they were all converted to short haul meaning places like AMM and CAI now get an uncomfortable aircraft for such a long flight.

    Other ITA news, it looks like my matched ITA status expires next month so it’ll be interesting to see if there’s a soft landing or even a further extension. I also have an option to gift premium status in the app so maybe I should gift that to someone before my status expires. Premium is the tier below executive but in SkyTeam terms is also Elite Plus and includes lounge access

    • yonasl says:

      Me me me please. ✋ haha!

      Thanks so much

      • daveinitalia says:

        Unfortunately I know someone with some ITA flights coming up that could probably use that status. But there’s many people here status matched to ITA and those who were BA gold matched to the executive level on ITA so perhaps it’s worth starting a thread on the forum to match people who have ITA status with those who would appreciate it gifting

    • Rhys says:

      It’s on our radar.

      • daveinitalia says:

        Hope you enjoy it. If it’s still running in January I’ll give it a go

  • jjoohhnn says:

    Where did Virgin get the slots from for these new flights?

    • Rhys says:

      Sao Paulo has been pushed back a year and Austin cancelled, so perhaps those.

      • Dev says:

        So in all likelihood, it’s a temporary increase in flights to NY and Boston whilst they figure out if they want to start anything else.

      • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

        Or one of the slots taken away by the most recent review of the AA/BA joint venue

        IIRC they had a LHR-BOS taken away for another airline to use on that specific route

  • PeteM says:

    I flew ITA from Linate to LCY in May, operated by German Airways. The CSM was in jeans and a polo and it was one of the most chilled flights I’ve ever been on 🤣

  • Duck Ling says:

    Well at least we found out what they are doing with the aircraft that would have been scheduled for the ‘postponed’ LHR-GRU. More tried and trusty trans atlantic flying.

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