ITA Airways to enter Asian market with new Indian and Japanese routes


ITA Airways will continue to expand its intercontinental network by adding destinations between Italy, Asia, and India.  

Italy’s state-owned flag carrier aims to expand into the Asian market with new scheduled passenger flights. In its latest network update, released on September 6, 2022, ITA said it will start operations connecting its hub at Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Italy and Haneda Airport (HND) in Tokyo in early November 2022.  Then, commencing in the first weeks of December, the successor to failed Alitalia aims to launch direct flights between Rome and Maldives (MLE).   

The airline also plans to start regular passenger operations to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in India. The Italian air carrier explained that flights to the new destination will depart from Fiumicino Airport three times per week, every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Meanwhile, return flights will be operated on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

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“With its new direct flight from Rome Fiumicino to New Delhi, ITA Airways is pursuing continuing the relentless work to increase intercontinental destinations with a particular focus on both business and leisure customers,” ITA Airways said in the updated. 

“Thanks to the direct flight and favorable schedule, the Company strengthens the feeder and connectivity activities by intercepting more and more overseas connections to different international markets, in particular the flows between India-Germany, India-Spain, India-France, India-North America (and vice versa) that will be served entirely by ITA Airways through carefully planned connections,” the carrier added.

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The new direct routes will be operated by ITA Airways’ Airbus A330-200 wide-body fleet. The airline currently has eight aircraft of the type, according to Planespotters.com. The airline’s international fleet consists of nine direct destinations, which connect Rome and Buenos Aires (BAI), Sao Paulo (GRU), New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), and Los Angeles (LAX). 

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