Alitalia launches direct Rome-Havana flights

Airline strengthens flight network to Latin America
Alitalia launched flights to Havana, Cuba yesterday, strengthening its position in the air travel market between Italy and Latin America.
However, out of respect for the national mourning decreed in Cuba marking the recent death of the former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the Italian airline opted not to perform the usual opening ceremony for the new route.
The Cuban capital joins new Alitalia services this year from Rome to Santiago and Mexico City, and the airline also flies to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
The new flights to Havana depart Rome Fiumicino with a Boeing 777 on Tuesdays at 10:35 and Saturdays at 14:35, the return services departing Tuesdays at 18.30 local time and Saturdays at 22:30.
The airline says the flight times are scheduled to allow passengers from 55 cities in Italy, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa to connect easily at the Fiumicino hub.
“The Cuban city is our fourth new long haul destinations this year and I am confident that we will add to our long-haul network next year,” Cramer Ball, Alitalia’s chief executive, commented.
He added: “The Havana service also gives us a great opportunity to develop our important partnership with MSC Crociere, which has chosen Alitalia as a leading air carrier for its cruise customers heading to explore the Caribbean.”
TTG Nordic