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New Route of the Day (21 June 2021): Air Dolomiti between Forli and Munich

FRL- MUC apron banners Lufthansa subsidiary Air Dolomiti (IATA code EN) on Monday 21 June began a new 3-weekly (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) service between Lufthansa’s second hub in Munich and Forli in Italy. The carrier’s E195s will operate the route. The inaugural flight (EN 8318 operated by I-ADJT) departed the Bavarian airport at 08:01 on Monday and landed 47 minutes later at the Italian airport. The return flight (EN 8319) left Forli at 09:40 and touched down in Munich at 10:29.

Air Dolomiti operates many of its flights on behalf of Lufthansa, mostly from Munich. However, it also operates a number of flights using its own flight numbers and bookable on its own website. These are mostly routes between Germany and Italy, focussing on departures from Frankfurt and Munich. However, last summer it also began service from both Berlin and Düsseldorf to Verona. Two weeks ago, it also launched 12-weekly service between Munich and Milan LIN, a connection that has not been offered since Meridiana flew the route between November 2015 and January 2018.

Rebirth of Forli after eight years

Forli Airport is located some 70 kilometres south-east of Bologna, 80 kilometres north-east of Florence and just 50 kilometres north-west of Rimini. Back in the early 2000s it was seen as a low-cost alternative to Bologna and in 2008 Ryanair was serving 13 destinations from the airport, including six in Italy. However, all Ryanair services ended in early 2009, leaving WindJet and Wizz Air as the only carriers at the airport. WindJet ceased all operations in August 2012, while Wizz Air offered flights to four destinations (Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Sofia and Timisoara) in early 2013, before moving all flights to Bologna in April of that year.

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Forli finally saw the return of scheduled services at the end of March 2021, when start-up carrier EGO Airways began service to Catania on 30 March, followed by Lumiwings to Palermo on 31 March. Services to Trapani (1 April with Lumiwings) and Cagliari (4 June with EGO Airways) have since launched, with Air Dolomiti’s Munich service becoming the first international destination. Further domestic services to Comiso, Lamezia Terme and Olbia are set to start in July, along with additional international flights to Bilbao, Hamburg, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Mykonos and Zakynthos.

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