Alitalia has expanded its codeshare agreement with China Southern, adding to existing codeshare routes offered between Rome and Beijing.

Alitalia will place its flight code on China Southern flights to Guangzhou, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing and Shenyang, allowing passengers flying on its Rome-Beijing route to reach five new major Chinese cities beyond the capital.

The new deal will also see China Southern place its flight code on 19 routes served by the Italian airline from Rome to Italian, European and Southern American destinations.

The original codeshare agreement between the airlines started in July 2016 when Alitalia put its flight code on China Southern’s Rome-Wuhan service and to onward flights to seven destinations.

In August the Italian airline resumed its Rome-Beijing route following its cost-cutting decision to cancel the route in 2013.

Hannah Evans