Flying to Italy will be faster and cheaper thanks to the competition storming the skies above the Atlantic Ocean. Both Delta Airlines and United have enhanced their transatlantic connections to Europe. The new schedules will include cities like Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice and Naples.
Flying to Italy: direct flights from Chicago, Washington and New York (Both JFK and Newark)
Starting on May the 23rd United will operate a second daily frequency between Washington/Dulles and Rome Fiumicino (FCO). The company will also start earlier some of the seasonal flights between the United States and Europe including flights to Milan, Naples and Rome.
- Washington Dulles – Lisbon, Portugal – starting February 15
- Washington Dulles – Barcelona, Spain – starting February 15
- Washington Dulles – Rome, Italy – starting February 15
- New York/Newark – Nice, France – starting March 30
- Chicago/O’Hare – Rome, Italy – starting March 30
- Chicago O’Hare – Milan, Italy – starting March 30
- New York/Newark – Naples, Italy – starting April 5
- New York/Newark – Malaga – starting May 2
- San Francisco – Rome, Italy – starting May 2
“Whether customers are looking to travel during peak season or shoulder season, visit the most popular tourism destinations or discover a hidden gem, the scope and scale of our network makes United the easy choice for transatlantic travel”Patrick Quayle, SVP of Global Network Planning and Alliancese
Delta Airlines on the other hand has recently presented its new schedule for the Spring/Summer season of 2024. Between May 23 and October 25, 2024, Delta will operate a daily seasonal flight between New York (JFK) and Naples (NAP). The competition to the city of Naples is actually very strong given that the Atlanta based carrier will be competing against United (which flies there out of Newark) and American (which flies there out of Philadelphia)
“For the first time, Delta will connect customers with nonstop service from JFK to the ancient city of Naples, Italy – the gateway to the Amalfi coast and popular sites like Mount Vesuvius. Delta’s new daily service to Naples — beginning May 23, 2024 — complements the airline’s existing service to Milan, Venice and Rome”Delta Website
The offer of Delta will also include some increased frequencies. The carrier will be flying out of Atlanta to Venice 10 times per week (it was 7 times a week in 2023).
ITA Airways: from Italy to North America
Ita Airways, the flag carrier of Italy, will offer 52 destinations, including 17 domestic, 23 international, and 12 intercontinental, for the 2023-2024 winter season.
“From January 2023 to date, we have carried 11 million passengers, 55 percent more versus the same period in 2022, with an average load factor of 80 percent, namely 7.5 percentage points higher versus the same time frame in 2022, with an increase in passenger revenue of +83 percent compared to the first 9 months of last year,”Emiliana Limosani, CCO of ITA Airways
Moreover, ITA Airways also plans to expand its intercontinental network in the summer of 2024, with focus on North America.
Limosani also said that ITA Airways in April will open a nonstop flight to Chicago and in May fly to Canada on the new Toronto direct route. Both destinations will be operated from Rome Fiumicino.