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Alitalia’s new direct flight linking Santiago and Rome takes off today

Chile and Italy are closer today thanks to Alitalia’s new direct Santiago-Rome service. “The new direct connection with Rome is an important step in supporting tourism and business between the two countries,” said Cramer Ball, the CEO of Alitalia. “The introduction of this new route will make Alitalia the leading airline on routes from Latin America, which is an important area for Italy and a key market for Alitalia. In addition, direct flights between Chile and Italy also mean significant economic benefits in terms of trade between the two countries, encouraging Italian investments in Chile as well as Chilean investments in Italy.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new service took place today at Nuevo Pudahuel airport in Santiago, in the presence of Lorna Dalziel (Alitalia’s Senior Vice President Global Sales), Aubrey Tiedt (Alitalia’s Chief Customer Officer), Alessio Vinci (Alitalia’s Senior Vice President Corporate Communications), Nicolas Claude (General Manager of Santiago Airport) and Chilean and Italian institutional authorities.

Passengers will travel on board the Boeing 777, the flagship of the Alitalia fleet, offering 293 seats divided into three classes (Business, Premium Economy and Economy), with completely refurbished cabin interiors, reflecting Italian elegance and style. From Rome, travellers will benefit from seamless connections at Alitalia's hub at Rome Fiumicino airport to over 50 cities in Italy, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, with a dedicated Transit Team to ensure timely arrival at the next departure gate. Chilean companies with business relations in Italy will also have the opportunity to ship or receive goods thanks to cargo services offered in Alitalia's aircraft belly.

The new Santiago-Rome direct service will operate five times a week. Flights will depart from Santiago at 11.45 am every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, landing at Rome Fiumicino airport at 7.00 am (local time) the following day. Flights from Rome Fiumicino to Santiago will take off every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10.00 pm (local time), landing at Nuevo Pudahuel at 8.10 am the following morning.

The new long-haul route further expands Alitalia’s services to Latin America, where the airline now offers five destinations: Santiago, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and, from 16 June, Mexico City. Together with the six destinations served in North America, Alitalia operates direct flights to Italy from a total of 11 destinations in the Americas.

Tickets for the new Santiago-Rome service may be purchased online at alitalia.com, by calling the Alitalia Customer Center for Chile on +56.229381681, at travel agencies and at airport ticket offices. Members of the Alitalia MilleMiglia loyalty programme will be able to earn and redeem miles on this new service, and if they travel before 30 June, will receive an extra bonus of up to 5,000 miles.