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KLM signs codeshare agreement with new Italian national carrier

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has signed a codeshare agreement with the new Italian airline ITA Airways (Italia Trasporto Aereo).

ITA Airways launched flights in October the day after the former national airline Alitalia stopped flying and closed after 75 years in business. The new carrier offers a number of national routes as well as flights from its bases in Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate to around 45 international destinations. It plans to operate 89 lines by 2025.

The agreement with KLM means that ITA Airways passengers can book tickets for KLM flights at the connecting airports of Rome Fiumicino and Amsterdam Schiphol, and vice versa.

KLM said the deal will allow its passengers to book flights to eight new destinations in Southern Europe via Rome, including Palermo, Reggio Calabria, Bari, Brindisi, Lamezia Terme and Trieste in Italy, as well as to Malta and Tirana. , in Albania. KLM currently offers 18 daily flights between Amsterdam and Milan (Malpensa and Linate), Turin, Genoa, Rome, Venice, Florence, Bologna and Catania.

Pieter Elbers, CEO of KLM, said: “It is very good news that KLM and ITA Airways were able to reach an agreement so quickly, allowing them to work together on European routes. Italy is an important market for the airline industry in Europe, both for business and leisure travelers.

ITA has signed a number of codeshare agreements since its launch, including Etihad Airways, Air Serbia, TAP Air Portugal and Air Europa. The carrier was named a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance shortly after it began operations in October.