ITA Airways announced on Wednesday a new destination in South America, Rio de Janeiro. The flag carrier of Italy will start flying daily from Fiumicino Airport, in Rome, to the Brazilian city from October 29th.
The aircraft scheduled for the flight is the Airbus A330-200, with 256 seats, 20 seats in the business class, 17 seats in the premium economy and 219 seats in the economy.
The flights will depart from the Italian capital at 9:50 pm arriving in Rio at 6:05 am the following day. The return takes place at 3:45 pm with a landing in Rome at 6:45 am the following day (local time).
Currently, ITA Airways flies daily to Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, with A350-900 aircraft (configured with 334 seats in two classes).
“I am pleased to announce the launch of the new Rome Fiumicino – Rio de Janeiro direct flight that will be
operated from October 29, 2023, available for our customers to purchase in all sales channels, as of today,” said Emiliana Limosani, ITA Airways Chief Commercial Officer and CEO Volare
“The arrival of ITA Airways at RIOgaleão is excellent news for Brazilian tourism. Having Italy back on our network will help the sector growth, an important asset for the economy of Rio de Janeiro,” says Alexandre Monteiro, president of RIOgaleão, Rio de Janeiro International Airport.
The return of the Rome-Rio flight comes almost two years after Alitalia ended operations on the route amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Months later, the airline even considered resuming service, but in October 2021 it was replaced by ITA Airways.