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Meridiana ceased operations is 2018 and rebranded to Air Italy. Check out our Air Italy page to find out more on the airline and search for flights on Air Italy.

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Meridiana was an Italian airline that offered scheduled and charter passenger flights. The airline was based at Olbia Costa Smeralda (OLB) and, in the year that it shut down, offered flights to destinations across Europe, South America, Africa and to New York City.

The airline launched in 1964 under the name Alisarda and flew its first series of flights in 1964 with domestic services from Sardinia. The airline rebranded to Meridiana in 1991, which is what it was known as until ceased operations.

Having previously flown charter flights to similar destinations, the airline launched its first scheduled intercontinental flights in 2009, with flights to several destinations in Africa and following, transcontinental flights to South America.

At the time that it ceased operations, Meridiana was part-owned by Qatar Airways and the original company that launched the airline, Alsirada. In March 2018, the two companies agreed to shut Meirdiana down and relaunch it as Air Italy, with many of the flights on Meridiana's route network transferred over to the new airline.

Meridiana had codeshare agreements with Air Malta, Air Moldova, Blue Air, Blue Panorama Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, S7 Airlines.


At the time that it ceased operations, Meridiana had a fleet of 11 aircraft, which consisted of Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 767-300 ER models.

Historically, the airline has also used aircraft from other manufacturers, including Airbus (A320 family) and regional jets from ATR, British Aerospace and McDonnell Douglas.


Domestic Destinations

Bari Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI)
Bergamo Orio al Serio Airport (BGY)
Bologna Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ)
Catania Catania–Fontanarossa (CTA)
Cagliari Cagliari Elmas Airport (CAG)
Florence Florence Airport (FLR)
Genoa Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA)
Lamezia Terme Lamezia Terme International Airport (SUF)
Lampedusa Lampedusa Airport (LMP)
Milan Linate Airport (LIN)
Malpensa Airport (MXP)
Naples Naples International Airport (NAP)
Olbia Olbia – Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB)
Palermo Falcone–Borsellino Airport (PMO)
Rome Leondardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
Trieste Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia Airport (TRS)
Turin Turin Airport (TRN)
Venice Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
Verona Verona Villafranca Airport (VRN)

International Destinations

Brazil Fortaleza Fortaleza International Airport (FOR)
Natal Greater Natal International Airport (NAT)
Recife Recife/Guararapes–Gilberto Freyre International Airport (REC)
Cape Verde Sal Island Amilcar Cabral International Airport (SID)
Colombia Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG)
Dominican Republic La Romana La Romana International Airport (LRM)
Egypt Cairo Cairo International Airport (CAI)
Marsa Alam Marsa Alam International Airport (RMF)
Sharm el Sheikh Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport (SSH)
France Nice Nice Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE)
Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
Ghana Accra Kotoka International Airport (ACC)
Greece Athens Athens International Airport (ATH)
Heraklion Heraklion International Airport (HER)
Kos Kos Island International Airport (KOS)
Mykonos Mykonos Island National Airport (JMK)
Rhodes Rhodes International Airport (RHO)
Santorini Santorini National Airport (JTR)
Skiathos Skiathos International Airport (JSI)
Zakynthos Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH)
Kenya Mombasa Moi International Airport (MBA)
Madagascar Nosy Be Fascene Airport (NOS
Maldives Malé Malé International Airport (MLE)
Mauritius Port Louis Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU)
Nigeria Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS)
Russia Moscow Domodedovo International Airport (DME)
Senegal Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS)
Spain Fuerteventura Fuerteventura Airport (FUE)
Ibiza Ibiza Airport (IBZ)
Madrid Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD)
Menorca Menorca Airport (MAH)
Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Airport (MAH
Tenerife Tenerife South Airport (TFS)
Switzerland Geneva Geneva Airport (GVA)
Tanzania Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)
United Kingdom Belfast Belfast International Airport (BFS)
London Gatwick Airport (LGW)
United States New York City John F.Kennedy International Airport (JFK)


Carry on Baggage

Passengers are allowed 1 piece of carry-on baggage with the sum overall dimensions of 115 cm and 1 piece of a personal item with a dimention of 40x30x15 cm.

Checked Baggage

The sum of three dimensions of any hold baggage item must not be larger than 158 cm. 1 x 23kg, 2 x 23kg and 2 x 32kg.

Check-in Information

Online Check-in

Meridiana did have online check-in and online allowed passengers to check-in luggage in advance, select your seat, meal options and much more, before you depart for the flight.

Airport Check-in

Meridiana airport check-in was available at its airports.

Route Map

Meridiana route map

Economy Class

The Economy Class cabin was spacious and comfortable.

Passengers could order a range of snacks and drinks from the airline's in-flight menu, with hot meals served on long-haul flights.

Economy Class Seats

Seats were set out in either a 3 x 3 formation (narrow body planes) or a 2 x 3 x 2 formation (wide body planes).

Business Class

The Business Class cabin offered a more luxurious cabin, with more space, larger seats and an attentive Busines Class cabin crew. The Business Class cabin was only available on flights operated by the Boeing 767-300ER.

Business Class Facilities

Passengers were given a number of benefits on the ground, including access to the airline's airport lounges and priority boarding and check-in.

In-flight, passengers were treated to hot meals, snacks and drinks from the airline's Business Class menu.

The Business Class cabin also featured a shared TV screen, which showed movies for passengers to enjoy. Each passenger was given their own set of headphones, which they can plug into the audio socket found on the arm of their seat.

Business Class Seats

Business Class seats were wider and gave significantly more legroom than seats in Economy Class. The Business Class cabin was set out in a 2 x 1 x 2 formation

In-Flight Entertainment

Passengers in Business Class could enjoy movies selected by the airline and shown on shared screens. Passengers were given headphones to plug into the connector on the seat of the aircraft so that they could each hear the audio from the movie.


All passengers were served complimentary hot meals on long-haul flights and Business Class passengers were served hot meals on short-haul, medium-haul and long-haul flights.

In addition to meals, passengers could order a selection of snacks (sweet and salty) and hot, cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on all flights.


Meridiana didn't have a WIFI network.

Airline Alliance

Meridiana Airlines didn't partake in any airline alliance.

Special Services

The airline didn't have any information regarding its special service online.

Frequent Flyer Program

The airline operated a frequent flyers program called Meridiana Club to reward regular travellers, in partnership with Avios. Avios is the reward currency of frequent flyer programs run by Iberia and British Airways. Avios can be collected as everyday purchases with the help of a card similar to a credit card. Avios are awarded from the moment the flight is booked and can be summed to those earned with flights from Iberia and British Airways in connection flights or flights completely booked with them. They can be exchanged for reward flights with any of the airlines that make this alliance.

Meridiana Club offered different levels of membership in order to reward its regular passengers, such as increased baggage allowance, access to priority check-in counters and more. There were three levels of Meridiana Club, the standard Fly Pass, Fly Pass Silver and Fly Pass Gold, with each offering a varying number of benefits.

Hub Airport

Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB)

Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB) is an airport in Olbia, Sardina and was the hub airport for Meridiana. The airport mainly facilitates flight from airlines flying seasonal services to destinations within Italy and throughout the rest of Europe. However, airlines such as Vueling, easyJet, Transavia and Volotea operate year-round flights to/from the airport.

Currently, the only airline that uses Olia Costa Smeralda Airport as a hub is Air Italy.

Outside the back of Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport

Credit: Christian Stocker on Wikimedia Commons

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