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Italian airline to resume flights from Delhi to Rome after a decade

Air passengers from India will soon have more openings to Eastern Europe, with the Italian Airline Alitalia resuming its flight operations from Delhi to Rome from October 30..

With Air India already operating flights in this sector, the number of seats available in this sector is bound to increase and fares are likely to tumble.

The Italian airlines which resumes operations to India after nearly a decade will offer three classes of travel — business, premium economy and economy in its daily flight to Rome.

The Italian airline "last flew from India in March 2008. They had six flights on the Mumbai-Milan sector and six flights on the Delhi-Milan sector — a total of 12 flights per week. It stopped flying India routes because of losses.

Leading travel agency sources said “The increase in direct connectivity between India and Europe is a boon for leisure and business travellers as this would reduce time spent on layovers and lead to an increase in demand for destinations across Europe. We are seeing a significant addition in connectivity between India and European points and this will also boost two-way tourism. Finally, this will also soften the air fares."

Alitalia is now an Etihad "airways partner" as the Abu Dhabi-based carrier had put money in it three years back and now is its single largest investor with 49 per cent stake in Italian airline. Italy is examining how this airline can survive — similar to India looking at all possible options for Air India. Alitalia was privatized in 2008 and was state-owned till then like AI currently is.

Air India also has direct flights between Delhi and Italy. With Alitalia also restarting flights, the choice is all set to grow for Indian travellers.

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