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22/06/2010

Air Italy offers new domestic flights from Verona, in partnership with Alitalia

COMUNICATO STAMPA

Air Italy offers new domestic flights from Verona, in partnership with Alitalia.

Verona, 22nd June 2010Giuseppe Gentile, Air Italy’s President and Managing Director, Andrea Gilardi, Air Italy’s Sales Manager, together with Fabio Bortolazzi, President of Catullo Spa, presented today Air Italy new connections from Verona to Catania and Palermo, that will be added to the already existing routes to Rome, Naples and Bari.

Verona – Catania flight will operate from 12th July 1 time daily and 2 times daily from 26th July. Verona - Palermo flight will start from 26th July with 1 daily connection.

Air Italy is operating with success its routes to Rome, 2 daily flights, to Naples, 2 daily flights, and to Bari, 2 daily flights. Now Air Italy has extended its network of domestic connections from Verona to main Italian airports and offers 5 destinations with a total of 56 weekly frequencies. Figures showed 136.665 passengers in 2009 and it’s expected to reach 155.000 units in 2010 and 175.000 in 2011.

“Air Italy has increased its flying offer from Verona airport by opening 2 new connections and investing 2,8 Million Euro. We have the highest number of domestic flights leaving from Verona and aim at becoming the leading airline for passengers travelling to and from the North-East of Italy: all that in partnership with Alitalia!” stated Giuseppe Gentile, President and Managing Director of Air Italy.

Air Italy network connections from Verona are operated in partnership with Alitalia. Thanks to a code-share agreement, Alitalia and Air Italy will operate with a double code (Alitalia “AZ” and Air Italy “I9”) the 15 domestic connections for 150 weekly frequencies to 10 Italian airports.

“To develop our partnership with Air Italy is an important strategic step for Alitalia. With our code-share agreement, Alitalia will be able to widen its flying offer, including new services deriving from Air Italy’s network. Alitalia’s customers and Mille Miglia club members, could take advantage of all flights operated by our partner and earn more miles” explained Andrea Tucci, Vice President Alliances and Network Agreements of Alitalia.

To celebrate the launch of these new routes, Air Italy offers 10.000 seats for €49 one-way, all inclusive.

Air Italy is confirming its excellent price/quality ratio that is being appreciated by customers. The airline is registering high levels of on-time performances, between 87% and 96% from June 2009 to May 2010.

Fabio Bortolazzi, President of Catullo Spa, commented: “We are really happy with the new routes that Air Italy and Alitalia announced today. Domestic connections available from Verona have now been intensified both in terms of destinations and of frequencies. This is a particularly positive result in view of the summer season and also considering a possible recovery from the recession that experts are expecting for the domestic market in the coming months, according to a recent survey carried put by Ciset (International Center of Studies on the Tourist Economy) and Federturismo Confindustria (National Travel and Tourism Federation)”.