LONDON – For ITA Airways, the upcoming 2023 will be the year of the big investment towards the intercontinental market: the Company will open new routes in the United States, with direct flights from Rome Fiumicino to San Francisco and Washington.
The long-haul expansion is one of the major pillars of ITA Airways’ strategy, as it generates profitability but also enhances the short-haul connectivity, thus contributing to double the capacity of the Company’s intercontinental network.
Rome – San Francisco
The new Rome Fiumicino – San Francisco route that will operate from July 1 to July 30, 2023, with 3 weekly frequencies every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, departing from Rome Fiumicino Airport at 9:35 a.m. and arriving in San Francisco International Airport at 1:15 p.m., local time.
From August 2 to October 28, 2023, the flight will be operated every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Flights from San Francisco will be operated from July 1 until July 30, 2023, with 3 weekly frequencies, departing every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3:15 p.m. and landing in Rome Fiumicino at 12:15 p.m., local time.
From August 2 through October 28, the route will be operated every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Rome – Washington
The new Rome Fiumicino – Washington route will operate from June 2 to July 2, 2023, with 5 weekly frequencies every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with departure from Rome Fiumicino Airport at 10:20 a.m. and arrival in Washington – Dulles International Airport at 2:20 p.m., local time.
From July 4 to July 30, 2023, the flight will be operated every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. From August 1 through October 28, 2023, however, the flight will be daily.
Flights from Washington will be operated from June 2 to July 2, 2023, with 5 weekly frequencies every Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday departing at 4:20 p.m. and landing at Rome Fiumicino at 7:05 a.m.
From July 4 to July 30, 2023, the flight will be operated every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. From August 1 through October 28, 2023, the route will be operated daily.
Focus on long-haul operations
The two new intercontinental destinations to San Francisco will be operated with the Airbus A350, the Company’s flagship, while the flight to Washington will be on the Airbus A330.
These new routes are joining ITA Airways’ flights to New York, operated from both Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa airports, and those to Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, New Delhi and Malè (Maldives) operated from Rome Fiumicino, and opened earlier this year.
Fabio Maria Lazzerini, CEO and General Director of ITA Airways, highlighted the focus on long-haul operations, saying:
“We started with our flight operations only 14 months ago and by November 2021 we had only one intercontinental destination in our network, New York, at a time when air transport was at a standstill due to the pandemic context.”
“Today, we offer 9 intercontinental destinations in North and South America and Asia, and the new flights to Washington and San Francisco are proof of our growth.”
“We expect passenger revenues in 2022 to exceed the value estimated in the budget, considering the reduction in the offered capacity versus forecasts due to the geopolitical context.”
“The increase in destinations is a further confirmation that to achieve our goals it is necessary to focus on long-haul connections”.