Italy’s flag carrier Alitalia, has begun direct
services from Rome to Abu Dhabi. Alitalia are operating the new
flights in conjunction with codeshare partner Etihad Airways.
launch of the new direct Rome-Abu Dhabi service follows
August’s announcement that the Italian carrier would fly four
weekly return Airbus A330 services between the two capitals.
Flights from Abu Dhabi depart at 08:15 on Thursdays and Sundays,
and at 02:25 on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Flights from Rome depart
at 21:45 on Wednesdays and Saturdays and at 11:15 on Tuesdays
The split schedule ensures maximum
connectivity over Abu Dhabi International Airport – Etihad
Airways’ hub – to codeshare destinations such as Bahrain, Muscat,
Johannesburg, Bangkok, Melbourne and Sydney.
Equally, the new service will ensure efficient codeshare
connectivity beyond Rome to the cities of Athens, Milan, Frankfurt, Munich, Geneva, Venice and Zurich.
Andrea Tucci, Alitalia Vice President
Alliances & Network Agreements, said, “The new Alitalia Rome-Abu Dhabi route strengthens the partnership between Alitalia and Etihad Airways,
developed in December 2009 with a codesharing agreement. Thanks to
this new flight, Italian travellers now have the opportunity to
travel to the UAE with a direct link from Rome and, via an easy
connection at Abu Dhabi International Airport with Etihad Airways,
to many important tourist destinations across Australia, Thailand,
Oman, Bahrain and South Africa. We’re extremely proud that these
four weekly flights will be operated by a brand new Alitalia
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