With 3 weekly flights
Italy’s flagship carrier is about to reinstate the Malpensa-Shanghai route to coincide with the opening of Expo 2015 on 1 May.
The service will see three flights per week with Airbus A330 airliners. “This is a major investment aimed at encouraging incoming tourism, which will support Italian exports in the East, as well as the city of Milan and Expo 2015,” stated Alitalia CEO Silvano Cassano, announcing the plans. “But above all with these new flights we keep our commitment to revitalize Alitalia by increasing intercontinental flights and destinations.”
Alitalia will also resume flights to Beijing by the end of 2015, with flights departing from Rome, as well as services to South Korea, reinstated after a 20-year interruption.
The rationale behind the expansion can also be sought in the trade relations with the Asiatic destinations: trade between Italy and China accounts for some €33 bn, and with South Korea over €7 bn.