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ITA Airways expands into Canada with Toronto-Rome flight

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  •   05-17-2024  4:44 am
  •   Pax Global Media

ITA Airways expands into Canada with Toronto-Rome flight
ITA Airways has entered Canada with the launch of a new non-stop connection between Toronto and Rome. (Supplied)
Pax Global Media

ITA Airways has made its debut in the Canadian market with the launch of its new non-stop connection between Toronto and Rome.

The inaugural flight took off May 10 from Toronto Pearson airport at 4:40 p.m. EST.

To celebrate the launch of the new intercontinental route, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the departure gate of Terminal 1 in Toronto Airport in the presence of Emiliana Limosani, chief commercial officer,by ITA Airways and CEO of Volare, Luca Zelioli, Consul General of Italy, Ivana Jelinic, CEO of the Italian National Tourist Board ENIT, Gianluca Caramanna, member of Italian Parliament and advisor to the Minister of Tourism, Kurush Minocher, executive director, customer experience and airline relations, GTAA, Vincent Crisanti, councillor, City of Toronto, Pierfrancesco Carino, VP international sales ITA Airways and Massimo Allegri, regional manager americas, ITA Airways.

“The launch of ITA Airways' flights between Canada and Italy comes in response to the significant demand for travel between the two nations, driven in part by the substantial Italian Canadian population,” stated Limosani in a press release.  

“With our direct flight, we plan to transport to up to two million of Italian Canadian passengers who travel between Italy and Canada annually. Toronto, in particular, serves as a pivotal gateway for our airline, facilitating not only point-to-point travel but also connections to various destinations within both countries, thereby catering to both leisure and business travellers.”

The new route has already impressive bookings, with over 30,000 passengers booked between May and September, Limosani said.

The new Toronto-Rome Fiumicino flight is operating six weekly frequencies, with daily flights from June to September and five weekly roundtrip flights in October.

In May, the schedule includes departure from Toronto at 4:40 p.m. and arrival in Rome Fiumicino at 7:15 am (local time). Return from Rome Fiumicino is at 10:15 a.m. (local time) with landing in Toronto at 2:05 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, plus Wednesday from June.

The inaugural flight was operated with the new Airbus A330-900 aircraft, which offers a three-class configuration with 30 seats in Business Class, which are fully reclinable to a full flat bed, 24 seats in Premium Economy Class and 237 seats in Economy Class including 36 seats dedicated to Comfort Economy.

The opening of the new Toronto-Rome flight represents an important product for ITA Airways – with the new North American routes launched in Summer 2024, the number of destinations that the airline operates in the U.S. and Canada rises to eight.

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