Alitalia is to increase its long haul capacity this summer by seven per cent compared to the same period in 2015.
The airline is starting new services from Rome to Santiago from May 1, and Mexico City from June 16. It is also resuming flights from Rome to Los Angeles and Chicago as well as adding frequencies to its Seoul route.
Alitalia's summer programme will see it operate more than 4,400 flights a week to 70 overseas and 27 domestic destinations. The airline will also launch non-stop flights between Bologna and Catania from May 1, and from August four new weekly services from Bologna to Lamezia Terme and Reggio Calabria.
Alitalia will also operate more domestic services from Catania and Palermo to Milan, from Naples to Turin and from Bari, Catania plus Trieste to Rome.
More services during the summer months throughout mainland Europe have also been added from Rome to Marseille, Nice, Prague, Tehran and Beirut, as well as from Milan to Frankfurt and London City airport.
John Shepley, Alitalia's Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “This comprehensive increase in long haul flights during the summer, together with a lift in the number of domestic services and more intra-European operations, will be a great benefit for both business travellers and holidaymakers whether they be Italians or those who live abroad”.