After a nine-year absence in the country, Alitalia, the Italian flag carrier, will resume flights to New Delhi. Flights from Rome to the Indian capital will begin on October 29, 2017 and will run until March 24, 2018. Flights will be serviced by “newly designed” A330 aircraft, including new business class seats, a renovated cabin, and new Wi-Fi service.
The new flight will compete with service offered by Air India.
“The decision to launch this new service was taken to meet the increasing demand for flights between the two countries,” read a statement released by the airline. After British tourists, Italian residents make up India’s second tourist body.
Flights will leave Rome daily at 2:40pm local time, and will arrive in New Delhi at 2:40am local time the next day. Flights from New Delhi will leave at 4:40am local time, and will land in Rome at 9:00am local time. These times will help Alitalia passengers to connect to other Indian, Italian, and European destinations with Alitalia or other SkyTeam carriers.
This isn’t the only new long-haul route that Alitalia has recently introduced. They plan to introduce a seasonal flight to Malé, Maldives on October 31, 2017. Alitalia has also expressed interest in flying to Los Angeles.
Though it seems odd that an airline that recently filed for bankruptcy would introduce new long-haul routes, the new flights are part of Alitalia’s turnaround plan. (You can read about Alitalia’s recent bankruptcy filing here.) Alitalia went up for sale in May, and the Italian government reportedly has interest from 33 buyers.