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New Route of the Day (6 June 2024): ITA Airways between Rome FCO and Accra


ITA Airways inaugurated flights between Rome FCO and Accra, the capital of Ghana on Thursday 6 June. The 4,195-kilometre route will initially be maintained 3-weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, increasing to 4-weekly from 8 July, with the carrier’s 165-seat A321neo aircraft. The airline faces no competition on the route.

Flight AZ852 departs Rome FCO at 15:15 local time, arriving in Accra at 19:15 local time. The return service, operating as flight AZ853, takes off from the Ghanian capital at 23:45 local time, touching back down in Italy at 07:35 local time the following morning.

What they said

Emiliana Limosani, Chief Commercial Officer of ITA Airways, said: “We are proud to inaugurate the new direct flight between Accra and Rome. The launch of this new flight, the only direct connection between Ghana and Italy, represents a significant step forward for the company: it is the first new flight to the African continent, a market with a great potential, of the current summer season and will enable ITA Airways not only to gain a strategic entry for point-to-point traffic but also to reach other destinations within both countries, thereby combining leisure and business travel.”

Yvonne Nana Afriyie Opare, Managing Director of airport operator Ghana Airports Company, added: “We look forward to ITA Airways’ service, which comes just in time for the summer peak travel season. This renewed direct flight service by ITA Airways is indeed a measure of the growing business and commercial interests between Ghana and Italy; and will no doubt enhance trade, investment, tourism, and cultural links between the two countries.”

ITA Airways enters West African market

ITA Airways’ new service between Rome FCO and Accra marks the first time the two cities have been linked with a scheduled air service since the flag carrier’s predecessor, Alitalia, discontinued flights between the two capitals in March 2015.

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ITA Airways will further expand its presence in West Africa with the introduction of 4-weekly flights between Rome FCO and Dakar, the capital of Senegal, on 3 July, also with the A321neo aircraft.

Rome FCO continues strong resurgence

Following a successful 2023/24 winter season, Rome FCO has continued its strong performance into summer 2024. March saw the arrival of two new carriers: Biman Bangladesh and Uzbekistan Airways, offering flights to Dhaka and Tashkent respectively.

With the start of the summer season, Volotea, Eurowings, Skyalps, SunExpress, and ITA Airways commenced new routes to destinations ranging from Brest to Mostar, as well as from Izmir to Hannover and Nuremberg. In the latter part of the year, in October, Air Mauritius will debut flights from its picturesque home in the Indian Ocean.

This summer also sees an upsurge in long-haul flights to the US, as well as an uptick in operations to Canada and China, facilitated by key carriers such as Air Canada, Westjet, and ITA Airways.

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