By Staff writer
Etihad-backed airline begins flights to two key Italian cities to add to existing Rome-Abu Dhabi route
Abu Dhabi International Airport has announced the launch of two new Alitalia routes to the UAE’s capital city.
The national airline of Italy, 49 percent owned by Etihad Airways, has started flights between Abu Dhabi and the northern Italian cities of both Milan and Venice.
The new services complement Alitalia’s existing Abu Dhabi to Rome route as well as Etihad Airways’ popular flights to both Rome and Milan.
Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “This is an exciting time for us to have a world renowned airline like Alitalia introduce two new services to Abu Dhabi International Airport.
"Italy is an important business and leisure market and I am very confident that the two new routes will be very successful.”
Alitalia’s Abu Dhabi to Milan service will be operated by a 293-seat Boeing 777 aircraft while the new route to Venice will be flown with a 250-seat Airbus A330. Both operate on Mondays.
Ariodante Valeri, chief commercial officer of Alitalia added: “Connections between Italy and the United Arab Emirates have never been so strong now that Alitalia tripled its flights to Abu Dhabi.”