ITA Airways is the top medium/long-haul airline serving Italy; starting 7 new routes this summer


Based on analyzing Cirium data, ITA Airways has 92 routes in the peak summer: 29 domestic and 63 international. It ended its only route from Milan MXP (to New York JFK), freeing up equipment for use from its primary Rome FCO hub. Short-haul international routes also operate from Milan LIN.

While Ryanair is Italy’s leading domestic and international operator generally, ITA – Alitalia’s predecessor – ranks first for medium/long-haul services, based on 3,000 kilometres as the cut-off point. However, it only has about 14% of the available seats, down from 16% when Alitalia existed in S19.

Seven new routes to North America, Africa and the Middle East this year

They are summarised below. The five African and Middle East routes will use ITA’s A321neos and/or LRs, another example of how newer and more efficient narrowbodies enable longer opportunities. Significantly, only one of them (Accra) was served by Alitalia in the past two decades. However, ITA will be the third carrier to Riyadh and Jeddah (joining partner Saudia and Wizz Air) and number two to Kuwait (joining partner Kuwait Airways) and Dakar (Neos). Only Accra will have no direct competition.

  • 7 April: FCO-Chicago ORD (daily); served by Alitalia until 2019
  • 10 May: FCO-Toronto (daily); served by Alitalia until 2022
  • 2 June: FCO-Riyadh (5-weeky); not served by Alitalia in 20+ years
  • 6 June: FCO-Accra (3-weekly, later 4); served by Alitalia until 2007
  • 1 July: FCO-Kuwait (5-weekly); not served by Alitalia in 20+ years
  • 3 July: FCO-Dakar (4-weekly); not served by Alitalia in 20+ years
  • 1 August: FCO-Jeddah (3-weekly); not served by Alitalia in 20+ years


FCO-Chicago was in Alitalia’s network between 2008 and 2019 and is once again served by an Italian airline. For the first time since 2019, the airport pair has three carriers. ITA’s daily summer-seasonal service joins American Airlines (daily; summer seasonal) and United Airlines (daily until early December).

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FCO-Toronto also returns to three airlines, with ITA coexisting with Air Canada (year-round, sub-daily in winter but up to 12-weekly in the summer) and Air Transat (daily; summer seasonal). The market had four operators in 2011 and 2012 when Sunwing used leased 767s.

ITA now has 18 medium/long-haul routes

The start of Chicago and Toronto followed the launch of San Francisco on 1 July 2023 (5-weekly). It came shortly after United began the same route on 25 May 2023 (daily). Until then, the Californian city had not had non-stop Rome flights by any airline. ITA began FCO-Washington IAD on 2 June 2023 (daily) and FCO-Rio de Janeiro on October 29 (daily). Alitalia served IAD until early 2020 and Rio until later that year.

ITA’s medium/long-haul network comprises 18 routes and 134-weekly departing flights in August 2024. Cirium indicates that Alitalia had 121-weekly such flights in August 2019. It had quite a different network. It did not serve the above-mentioned African/Middle Eastern cities but did fly to Johannesburg, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Seoul ICN and Tokyo NRT, none on ITA’s map (ITA serves HND instead of NRT).

ITA’s top markets are shown below, with New York JFK being its numero uno. It operates 3-daily and joins fellow SkyTeam airline Delta Air Lines (3-daily), new entrant Norse Atlantic (8-weekly) and American Airlines (daily). United exists from Newark (2-daily).

Top 10 ITA medium / long haul destinations

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