“We are looking to add new flights to a number of new markets. These include destinations in Australia, Italy, the US and a second stop in the UK,” revealed Deepak Brara, Air India’s Commercial Director, at the recent Routes Asia Conference in Mumbai. [...]
Milan to start… finally!
The only surprise when Brara suggested that Air India was going to start flights to Italy was why it has taken the airline so long to realise this. The Indian community in Italy is the second largest community of Indians in Europe, after the UK. As per Italian official population estimates, around 140,000 Indian nationals are resident in Italy – concentrated around Rome, Milan and Turin.
While China Airlines has been operating continually for the last three years, presently flying Rome Fiumicino via Delhi and onto Taipei twice-weekly (although it originally started thrice-weekly), it is the only carrier offering direct flights between India and Italy at this time. Over the last 10 years both Jet Airways and Alitalia have dabbled in the market, but neither has been able to maintain their service, as both carriers have had to wrestle with issues with their respective long-haul networks as part of bigger structural route rationalisations. In addition, historically there have been several second and third tier carriers which have periodically offered connections from airports like Milan Bergamo to points in India like Amritsar, which would seem to strengthen the case for Air India to start operations from Milan rather than Rome, where of course it will face direct competition from China Airlines. [...]
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EDIT AMMINISTRAZIONE DEL 25/4/2014 AGGIORNAMENTO
Partono a giugno 7xw volo in triangolazione con Fco a giorni alterni. Ho provato a simulare acquisto su expedia ed è prenotabile:
21:00 partenza 1h 10m
Milano (MXP) · Air India 122 · Economica/Turistica (Y) · Boeing 787-8
22:10 arrivo gio 19 giu
1h 25m sosta Roma (FCO)
23:35 partenza 7h 10m
Roma (FCO) · Air India 122 · Economica/Turistica (Y) · Boeing 787-8
10:15 arrivo ven 20 giu