LONDON – Aeroitalia, a newly formed independent Italian start-up airline has announced a route network across nine Italian cities from its base at Forli’s Luigi Ridolfi Airport (FRL) at the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy.
Aeroitalia has stated that they have entered into a strategic partnership with the airport management company F.A. Srl to make FRL its primary base and will station its 189-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft, along with year-round schedule operations across nine Italian cities and hub, thus connecting FRL with Italy and beyond.
Starting July 9, Aeroitalia will connect FRL with year-round services to destinations like Brindisi, Lamezia, Naples and Malta, along with seasonal services to destinations like Alghero, Olbia, Catania, Trapani and Lampedusa. All the services will be operated onboard its Boeing 737- 800 aircraft, with two additional 737-800s to join the fleet in July and a further three in September and October, giving Aeroitalia greater exposure to cater for the demand.
Aeroitalia and the new chapter in Italian Aviation
The newly founded independent Italian start-up airline Aeroitalia is the beginning of a new chapter for the Italian civil aviation industry, with emphasis on connecting cities across Italy to major Italian hubs representing International and regional traffic. The carrier also shouts out loud in Italian spirit and culture with its distinctive livery.
During its launch event in Rome last month, Aeroitalia’s Chief Commercial Officer, Giuseppe Careddu outlined his vision and the airline’s future with pride stating: “Our goal is that Aeroitalia fully represents the proud Italian spirit, the remarkable reputation of our country all over the world. “
“The Aeroitalia brand is founded on four typically Italian key values: warmth, care, beauty, and excellence, expressively conveyed by a combination of attributes embedded in the symbol: future, dynamism, perspective, optimism and growth; the human touch, that is the person at the centre of our attention with a sense of concern, attention to detail, warmth, empathy and pride.”
Aeroitalia has made it clear to reconnect the Italian pride with connecting Italian cities by its choice of an operational base at Forlí Luigi Ridolfi Airport, in the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy alongside the Italian Riviera.
The strategy for base choice was evident as the airport has limited scheduled operations and offers a wide catchment area which also groups Remini, Bologna, Ravenna, and Republic of San Marino, a small, enclaved country with no airport and tourists paradise as it offers a serene view across the valley.
In recent times, Forlí has started getting attention from many competitor airlines apart from charter flights and one single scheduled service to Tirana which connects the Forli to Albania onboard Albanian LCC Albawings using Boeing 737-400 aircraft.
Lufthansa’s Italian subsidiary Air Dolomiti has shown strong signs to start scheduled operations from Forli to Munich and Monaco. Lumiwings, another Italian start-up is scheduled to start operations from Forli with flights to Palermo, Catania, and Parma.
It is evident that the Italian aviation industry is on rising with many carriers willing to link otherwise ignored destinations and making efforts to establish as their primary hub. This will help Italy attract regional and international tourists to links across the region.