Italy’s new flag carrier ITA Airways is to launch flights between London City airport and Milan Linate from March 28.

The service will operate three times daily on weekdays, daily on Saturdays and twice daily on Sundays, for a total of 36 round-trip flights per week.

The London-bound services will depart Milan at 0700, 1220 and 1740, with the return legs leaving at 0825, 1345 and 1905.

ITA will wet lease two Embraer E190 jets from German Airways to operate the new route, with the aircraft livery sporting “Operated by ITA Airways”. The Embraer jets will offer a two-class economy and Superior (short-haul business class) configuration.

The carrier said that the agreement with German Airways would also allow it to offer Embraer services from Milan Linate to Luxembourg and Geneva.

The airline said that “These are airports and destinations where profitability and operating conditions are guaranteed by smaller aircrafts, which fully explains the choice for the German carrier’s Embraer E190, an aircraft not currently available in the ITA Airways fleet”.

The new route follows British Airways’ decision to switch its London City-Milan flights from Linate airport to Malpensa for this summer.

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