Alitalia celebrated the resumption of service between Rome-Fiumicino and Boston on Thursday. The carrier also announced that the restart of flights to and from Trieste Airport has been delayed until after August 31, 2020.
Today (July 16, 2020), Alitalia announced the resumption of service between Rome-Fiumicino and Boston Logan International Airport. The flight departed Rome at 10:20 AM this morning and was expected to land in Boston at 1:40 PM (all times local). The Boston flights will be operated three times weekly, departing Rome on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, while the return flights from Boston will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. On Tuesdays and Fridays, the flights will depart Boston at 8:40 PM and arrive in Rome at 10:40 AM, while Sunday flights will depart Boston at 5:40 PM and arrive in Rome at 7:40 AM (all times local). The Boston service is in addition to long-haul service between Rome-Fiumicino and New York-JFK which restarted in early June.
In a separate announcement on Thursday, Alitalia announced that they will delay the resumption of flights between Rome and Trieste Airport until after August 31, 2020. The decision to delay the Trieste flights was due to the likelihood of a significant financial loss due to low seasonal demand. Additionally, the Italian flag carrier’s desire to be charged for airport services in line with foreign airlines was rejected by the company that manages Trieste Airport. Alitalia has notified the relevant airline regulatory authorities about what they perceive as financial discrimination, something they believe persists at most Italian airports and is incompatible with the efficiency measures undertaken by the airline. The carrier hopes to come to an agreement with Trieste Airport’s management so that they can resume flights to and from Trieste as soon as possible.
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. 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.