ITA Airways has launched a nonstop service between Rio de Janeiro and Rome. The inaugural flight, AZ 673, connecting the two cities was operated with the company’s Airbus A330neo. Expansion on long-haul is one of the main pillars of ITA’s strategy, as it not only generates profitability but also increases short haul connections, helping to expand the capacity of the intercontinental network.
“I am very happy to be here today to inaugurate our new nonstop flight from Rio De Janeiro to Rome. This is the third long haul destination we are opening in 2023, a year that marks ITA Airways’ greatest growth in the intercontinental market after the opening of Washington and San Francisco in the summer season,” said Emiliana Limosani, Chief Commercial Officer of ITA Airways and CEO Volare.
“Our goal is to become the carrier of reference for the mobility of Italians. Our network’s development has a strong focus on those markets where the customers’ demand is higher and where there is a strong presence of the Italian community. With the launch of the Rio De Janeiro – Rome route we have taken a step forward towards this goal.” added the CCO.
Furthermore, Limosani said, “The Rio de Janeiro destination is not only playing a strategic role for business and cargo traffic but is also further strengthening our expansion in South America, a favorite holiday destination for Italians and home to millions of people of Italian origin. With an average of 21 weekly roundtrip flights between Brazil and Italy, connections are guaranteed for all those wishing to travel between the two Countries.”
With the launch of the new nonstop flight, ITA Airways will operate 14 weekly flights between Rio de Janeiro and Rome, which will add to the 28 weekly flights already connecting São Paulo, Brazil’s most populous city, to the Italian capital. This will bring the total number of weekly flights between Brazil and Italy to 42 while ITA Airways connections between South America and Italy rise to 56 weekly flights including the 14 weekly flights from Buenos Aires.
In the current winter season ITA Airways will operate 52 destinations including 17 domestic, 23 international and 12 intercontinental. The new intercontinental destinations, Rio de Janeiro and Malè (Maldives) add to the flights already operated to New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, and New Delhi.