- Joe Breitfeller
Alitalia Announces August Schedule With Over 1,600 Weekly Flights, a 24 Percent Increase Over July
Alitalia announced on Thursday and increase in their August schedule by 24 percent over July, with more than 1,600 weekly flights. The carrier will fly 75 routes from 52 airports, offering over 1 million seats and operating around 45 percent of their pre-crisis schedule.
On Thursday (July 9, 2020), Alitalia announced their August schedule which includes a 24 percent increase in service versus July with over 1,600 weekly flights. The Italian flag carrier will fly on 75 routes and operate from 20 Italian and 32 international airports. During August, the airline will offer in excess of one million seats, a 29 percent increase from July, and will operate around 45 percent of their planned pre-pandemic flight program. Alitalia will resume long-haul flights on routes including Rome-Tokyo (Haneda) and Milan (Malpensa)-New York on August 15th and will also increase frequencies on the Rome-New York route. The carrier will increase medium-haul international destinations in Spain, France and North Africa and will also resume service to/from the Middle East. Additionally, Alitalia will launch numerous seasonal routes to popular holiday destinations including the Balearic and Greek Islands and will increase services between Northern and Southern Italy.
Alitalia will resume operations at Milan-Linate from July 24, 2020, starting with flights to and from Sardinia. From August 1, 2020 the carrier will transfer the operation of flights currently operating from Milan-Malpensa to Linate.
All Alitalia aircraft are sanitized with high-powered sanitizing products daily and are operated with reduced capacity in accordance with Italian Law to facilitate social distancing onboard. Additionally, the aircraft are fitted with operating theater quality HEPA air filters that eliminate around 99.7 percent of airborne particulates, including viruses. Passengers are required to wear a protective mask from their arrival at the airport and throughout the flight and masks should be replaced with fresh ones every four hours on longer flights. Additionally, customers will be required to complete a self-certification form prior to boarding which attests that they have not been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.