Alitalia is the national carrier of Italy. The airline has two hubs, one at Leondardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and one at Milan Linate Airport (LIN). Alitalia offers flights across Europe and to parts of North Africa and Asia. Overall, the airline flies to more than 90 destinations across these areas.
The airline's history dates back to 1947 when the 'old' Alitalia operated flights as the national carrier of Italy until it ceased operations in 2009. Once the old Alitalia was declared bankrupt, the airline name and brand was bought by a group of investors who relaunched Alitalia as a new airline but with the same branding.
The airline launched flights in 2009 and carried nearly 50 million passengers in its first two years of flying. Upon the launch of the new Alitalia, the airline acquired another struggling Italian airline and its main competitor at the time, Air One. Air One offered low-cost flights across Europe and — with its regional subsidiary Air One CityLiner — domestic flights within Italy. When Alitalia acquired Air One, it took on both Air One and Air One CityLine. Each airline remained as separate brands, however, Air One CityLiner was rebranded Alitalia CityLiner to distinguish the difference between the international offering from Alitalia and the regional offering from CityLiner.
The airline is part-owned by Etihad Airways and is one of the member airlines of the Etihad Airways Partner alliance. Alitalia is also a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance.
|Bari||Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport||BRI|
|Bergamo||Orio al Serio International Airport||BGY|
|Bologna||Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport||BLQ|
|Cagliari||Cagliari Elmas Airport||CAG|
|Genoa||Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport||GOA|
|Lamezia Terme||Lamezia Terme International Airport||SUF|
|Milan||Milan Linate Airport||LIN|
|Milan Malpensa International Airport||MXP|
|Naples||Naples International Airport||NAP|
|Olbia||Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport||OLB|
|Palermo||Falcone Borsellino Airport||PMO|
|Perugia||Perugia San Francesco d'Assisi – Umbria International Airport||PEG|
|Pisa||Pisa International Airport||PSA|
|Reggio Calabria||Reggio Calabria Airport||REG|
|Rome||Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport||FCO|
|Trapani||Vincenzo Florio Airport Trapani–Birgi||TPS|
|Trieste||Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport||TRS|
|Venice||Venice Marco Polo Airport||VCE|
|Verona||Verona Villafranca Airport||VRN|
|Albania||Tirana||Tirana International Airport Nënë Tereza||TIA|
|Algeria||Algiers||Houari Boumediene Airport||ALG|
|Argentina||Buenos Aires||Ministro Pistarini International Airport||EZE|
|Brazil||Rio de Janeiro||Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport||RIO|
|São Paulo||São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport||GRU|
|Canada||Toronto||Toronto Pearson International Airport||YYZ|
|Chile||Santiago||Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport||SCL|
|Cuba||Havana||José Martí International Airport||HAV|
|Cyprus||Larnaca||Larnaca International Airport||LCA|
|Czech Republic||Prague||Václav Havel Airport Prague||PRG|
|Egypt||Cairo||Cairo International Airport||CAI|
|Sharm El Sheikh||Sharm El Sheikh International Airport||SSH|
|France||Ajaccio||Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport||AJA|
|Marseille||Marseille Provence Airport||MRS|
|Nice||Nice Côte d'Azur Airport||NCE|
|Paris||Charles de Gaulle Airport||CDG|
|Germany||Berlin||Berlin Tegel Airport||TXL|
|Cologne||Cologne Bonn Airport||CGN|
|Greece||Athens||Athens International Airport||ATH|
|Corfu||Corfu International Airport||CFU|
|Heraklion||Heraklion International Airport||HER|
|Kephalonia||Kephalonia International Airport||EFL|
|Rhodes||Rhodes International Airport||RHO|
|Santorini||Santorini (Thira) International Airport||JTR|
|Thessaloniki||Thessaloniki International Airport||SKG|
|Hungary||Budapest||Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport||BUD|
|India||Delhi||Indira Gandhi International Airport||DEL|
|Israel||Tel Aviv||Ben Gurion International Airport||TLV|
|Narita International Airport||NRT|
|Jordan||Amman||Queen Alia International Airport||AMM|
|Lebanon||Beirut||Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport||BEY|
|Luxembourg||Luxembourg City||Luxembourg Findel Airport||LUX|
|Maldives||Malé||Velana International Airport||MLE|
|Malta||Malta||Malta International Airport||MLA|
|Mauritius||Port Louis||Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport||MRU|
|Mexico||Mexico City||Mexico City International Airport||MEX|
|Morocco||Casablanca||Mohammed V International Airport||CMN|
|Netherlands||Amsterdam||Amsterdam Airport Schiphol||AMS|
|Poland||Warsaw||Warsaw Chopin Airport||WAW|
|Russia||Moscow||Sheremetyevo International Airport||SVO|
|Saint Petersburg||Pulkovo International Airport||LED|
Passengers are allowed one item of carry-on baggage weighing no more than 8 kg and measuring no more than 55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm (21.6" x 13.7" x 9.8").
The free checked baggage allowance will depend on the travel class that the passenger is flying in. This is as follows:
|TRAVEL CLASS||NO. OF BAGGAGE||MAX WEIGHT
|LIGHT||no baggage allowance||no baggage allowance|
|PREMIUM ECONOMY||2||23 kg**|
*2 x 23 kg on the following routes:
**2 x 32 kg on the following routes:
Passengers can check-in online for their flight by visiting the Alitalia online check-in page and entering their booking code and name. Online check-in is available from 48 hours before scheduled flight departure time on most flights, except for the following.
If passengers do not check-in online, they must visit the airport check-in desk at the airport.
For most domestic flights, airport check-in will close 35 minutes before scheduled departure.
For most international or regional flights, airport check-in will close one hour before scheduled departure.
Economy Class travel with Alitalia is always a guarantee of value without forgoing comfort. It includes personalised advantages and services for all types of trips.
Depending on the duration of the flight, passengers can enjoy a snack or a light meal, accompanied by a selection of drinks, tea and coffee.
On long-haul international flights departing from Italy, the airline offers two meals: the first one with an antipasto, a main course (choice of meat or pasta), fresh fruit and dessert and the second one with a snack or breakfast.
The third service, which consists of a snack and a drink, is served only for flights over 11 hours.
Alitalia offers individual entertainment systems with a vast library of movies, games, music and TV programs on their Airbus A330s and B777s, the opportunity to place a telephone call to the ground using satellite technology or to call a travelling companion on your same flight, but seats away, by dialling the number of his/her seat. Also, you can stay connected with WiFi connectivity on board.
On narrow body aircraft, seat formation is set out in a 2 x 2 or 3 x 3 formation, with between 30–34" (76–86 cm) seat pitch and 18" (46 cm) of seat width.
On wide body aircraft, seat formation is set out in a 2 x 4 x 2 or 3 x 4 x 3 formation, with 30–34" of seat pitch and 17" (43 cm) of seat width.
Premium Economy is a great way to enjoy a more comfortable flight, with a higher standard of service, for just a little extra cost. Premium Economy is available on all long haul international flights.
On the ground, passengers can enjoy priority boarding and a check-in desk that is exclusive to Premium Economy passengers.
Onboard, passengers are seated in a separate section of the cabin. Premium Economy seats are specially designed to give extra space and are fitted with a personal TV. Premium Economy passengers can also access the airline's Wi-Fi network and are given a blanket and pillow for further comfort.
Those flying Premium Economy are given a free baggage allowance of two checked bags, with a maximum weight of 23kg per bag.
Each Premium Economy seat offers up to 40% more legroom and can recline back to up 120 degrees. The seats are each fitted with a 10.4" (on the Boeing 777) or 10.6" (on the A330) personal TV with full access to the in-flight entertainment system.
On narrow body aircraft, seats are set out in a 2 x 2 or 3 x 3 formation, with 30–35" (76–89 cm) of seat pitch and 18" (46 cm) of seat width.
On wide body aircraft, seats are set out in a 2 x 3 x 2 or 2 x 4 x 2 formation, with 38" (96 cm) of seat pitch and 19" (48 cm) of seat width.
The Business Class service is available on medium haul flights, offering passengers dedicated services to make their trip as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.
The Business Class fare grants passengers access to the Skyteam lounge as well as the dedicated check-in desks. Once comfortably in their seat, passengers will be treated to a menu that is inspired by traditional Italian cuisine combined with a wide range of complimentary drinks. On flights that depart after 12pm, an aperitif is served at the end of each meal.
Business Class passengers are permitted two items weighing a total of 32kg.
Once onboard, passengers can sit back and relax in the spacious Business Class cabin. With only four seats per row, there's room to spread your legs throughout your flight.
On narrow body aircraft, seats are set out in a 3 x 3 formation and give 32–34" (81–86 cm) of seat pitch and 18" (46 cm) of seat width.
On wide body aircraft, seats are set out in a 1 x 2 x 1 formation and give 44" (112 cm) of seat pitch and 22" (56 cm) of seat width.
First Class, known as Magnifica, is the airline's award-winning highest-tier class of cabin with the best standard of service.
Passengers flying Magnifica can enjoy priority check-in and boarding with SkyPriority, as well as a free baggage allowance of two pieces of baggage of up to 32kg per piece.
Passengers are also given access to pre-flight lounges and Alitalia's First Class Cabin with dedicated and exclusive food choices.
First Class includes specially designed leather seats that transform into fully-flat bads and have a built-in massage system. Each seat has a 15 inch personal TV which gives access to the in-flight entertainment system.
Passengers are given complimentary access to the Wi-Fi system, as well as a night kit and other Salvatore Ferragamo branded toiletries.
It's food menus are expertly designed and provided by Gambero Rosso, with a traditional menu offering Italian cuisine, a healthy menu and special monthly features. Each menu comes complete with a full wine list and special blends of coffees and teas from Lavazza.
Magnifica passengers are given access to the airline's Casa Alitalia Lounges at Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa airport. Casa Alitalia is a luxurious lounge with a premium choice of food and wines on offer.
Available on long-haul international flights, Alitalia provides over 100 TV programs, 100 music compilations, 80 movies, 35 kids programs and 28 interactive games for passengers to enjoy. Alitalia renews its in-flight entertainment selection each month and updates it with the latest and greatest entertainment.
Keep in touch with the outside world with Alitalia WIFI. The Alitalia WIFI network allows passengers to check emails, browse social media, as well as text and call.
Passengers can purchase several different WIFI packages:
The LITE package gives 10MB for $2 USD
The FLEXI package gives 50MB for $6 USD
The FLEX PLUS package gives 90MB for $12 USD
The BUSINESS package gives 200MB for $20 USD
Passengers in Alitalia Economy class can enjoy a snack on international flights under three hours, and a light meal on flights over three hours including items such as a sandwich and dessert. On longer flights up to 11 hours, there will be two meal services, one consisting of a starter, main and dessert and the second consisting of a snack or breakfast. For flights above 11 hours, the meal service will be as above with an added meal of a snack.
Premium Economy passengers can enjoy a selection of warm meals, breakfast and snacks. What exactly will be given is dependent on the flight schedule, time and destination.
For passengers in Business Class, the meals are inspired by Italian flavours, which will change seasonally in summer and winter. The choices of food offered also varies according to the length, time and destination of you flight. As a minimum, passengers on shorter flights will receive breakfast, or a pasta lunch or dinner.
Magnifica Class, or First Class, passengers will receive meals inspired by the finest Italian cuisine and created by Gambero Rosso. Passengers will have three options to choose from; a Traditional Italian menu, a Healthy menu and a light menu.
Alitalia passengers who have special dietary requirements such as medical, dietary, religious or children's meals can pre-order a special meal for their flight. These meals have to be pre-ordered at least 24 hours before departure by contacting the customer center, or requested at the time of booking. The following are the special meals available to order:
|CHILDREN MEALS||RELIGIOUS MEALS||MEDICAL-DIETARY|
|Baby Meal||Hindu Meal||Bland Meal|
|Child Meal||Kosher Meal||Diabetic Meal|
|Muslim Meal||Gluten Intolerant Meal|
|Asian Vegetarian Meal||Low Calorie Meal|
|Low Cholesterol Meal|
|Low Salt Meal|
|Low Lactose Meal|
|Vegetarian Vegan Meal|
|Vegetarian with dairy and eggs Meal|
All passengers will receive a drinks service with their meal, including both hot and cold drinks. Passengers in Premium Economy can enjoy selected fine wines, and each meal will be finished with a taste of limoncello. Business Class and Magnifica passengers can enjoy a wider selection of wines from the onboard cellar, but also drinks from the regular service such as Lavazza coffee.
Alternative Airlines is now able to offer seat selection on all Alitalia flights! Passengers are now able to purchase the Alitalia flight of their choice and make their seat selection without ever leaving the Alternative Airlines site. Find out how to book your seat today.
Alitalia operates a frequent flyer program called MilleMiglia Program to reward regular passengers with Alitalia. This exclusive club provides benefits for flying miles with Alitalia. In addition, passengers can earn miles and request award tickets across the whole network operated by their new partners Etihad Regional, Air Serbia and Air Seychelles. The miles earned can be used to join or renew membership to the Exclusive Clubs.
Passengers can collect frequent flyer points quickly and easily with Alternative Airlines and enjoy the benefits of their chosen alliance. Check out our article to find out which frequent flyer program is best for you.
SkyTeam is a leading global airline network, with more than 20 member airlines (including affiliates). SkyTeam consists of member airlines such as Aerolineas Argentinas, AeroMexico, Air Europa, China Southern, China Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM and others.
Leonardo Da Vinci Fiumicino International Airport is Alitalia's hub airport and is located in Rome, Italy. It has four runways, three passenger terminals and can handle over 40 million passengers every year.
The airport also serves as a hub for Vueling, the Spanish low-cost carrier owned by IAG. Other airlines which fly to and from Leonardo Da Vinci Fiumicino International Airport include Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, Joon, British Airways, Croatia Airlines, easyJet, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Egyptair, Fly Ernest, EGO Airways, Finnair, Neos and Pegasus Airlines.
Alternative Airlines allow booking of Alitalia flights in English. Alternative Airlines offers a secure and trustworthy service for booking and payment of flights, with English booking to ensure quality communication between you and Alitalia.
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18th August 2021
Alitalia is set to be replaced by a new state-owned airline Italia Trasporto Aero (ITA). Alitalia has been facing some financial difficulties in the last few years and the decision has been made to shut the airline down in mid-October and replace it with the new flag carrier, ITA.
The airline will be saying bye to the sky after 75 years of flying. The announced date for the changeover is 15th October 2021, however, this could change as we nearer the time.