This winter, ITA Airways will begin a new service to New Delhi. From December 3 onwards, the national airline of Italy will begin offering flights to the capital of India as part of a three times weekly service from Rome.
Passengers on ITA Airways will be able to take a direct flight to New Delhi beginning on December 3 and enjoy the attractions of India’s capital city. Three times a week, the airline will use an Airbus A330-200 to provide nonstop service between Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).
“New Delhi is not simply the capital of India, it is a unique place where the mix of cultures, colors, and traditions make it so fascinating that it is one of the most popular tourist destinations for those who love a journey of discovery. Are you ready for India? Our flights depart from December 3rd; run to pack your bags!”ITA Airways
The inbound service will take off at 03:50 local time on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, while the outbound service will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. The route is still awaiting official approval, according to ITA.
Here is the full schedule:
- Flight AZ 770 departs Rome at 14:10 and lands in New Delhi at 2:00 AM (+1) every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
- AZ 769 (Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday) departs New Delhi at 3:50 AM and lands in Rome at 8:10 AM.
ITA has eight Airbus A330-200s in its fleet. The carrier launched with seven A330s and added another one in April 2022, all of which were inherited from Alitalia.
The Airbus A330-200 aircraft in ITA’s fleet that can accommodate 256 passengers (219 in economy, 17 in premium economy, and 20 in business class) will be used to fly the New Delhi route.
This makes ITA Airways the fifth airline to try the India – Italy segment in the last decade. Jet Airways, Alitalia, Air India, and Air Italy have been the others who have had scheduled operations.
Jet Airways started operations between Delhi and Milan in December 2010 with the A330s. The daily flights with an afternoon departure from India and late evening from Milan were in codeshare with Alitalia. The airline pulled out of the route in February 2013, having reduced frequency a few months earlier.
In June 2014, Air India – with the Dreamliners handy and effective hub at Delhi shaping up, launched flights to Rome and Milan. Four times a week the flight operated Delhi – Rome – Milan – Delhi, while on the other three days it operated Delhi – Milan – Rome – Delhi.
Subsequently, the airline started operating terminators to both Rome and Milan from Delhi. Air India operations to Italy ended in March 2020, as Italy was inundated with COVID after China. The airline has not returned to Italy.
The most short-lived was Air Italy which was co-owned by Qatar Airways. Not only did it pull out of India, but the airline itself also shut down. The airline commenced operations in March 2018 and shut down in February 2020. The airline had launched flights to Mumbai and Delhi in December 2018 but pulled out in February and March 2019 respectively.
Alitalia returned to India in 2017, with flights between Rome and Delhi after having pulled out in 2008. The airline was operating till the suspension of services due to a lockdown in India. The airline does not exist on the other side of worldwide lockdowns and its replacement ITA seems to be taking over the route.
Since its founding in October 2021, ITA Airways has never before flown to an Indian country. By the end of the year, Tokyo and the Maldives will join New Delhi as exciting additions to the Italian carrier’s expanding long-haul network.
After beginning operations in 2017, Alitalia, the forerunner of ITA Airways, used to provide service to New Delhi. Before the pandemic, the capital of India was the top tourist attraction in the nation, drawing more than 3.5 million visitors in 2019. Mumbai and Chennai, each of which saw over 3.5 million visitors, were nearly beaten out by New Delhi.
India – Italy business has expanded rapidly with the balance of trade in favour of India. While India imports machinery, machine tools, leather products, and automobile parts; India exports Iron, Steel, Chemical products, and refined Petroleum products amongst others.
ITA Airways is currently up for sale with the Italian Government presently in talks with Air France-KLM and Delta Airlines over the sale of ITA Airways.