ROME – Italian airline Alitalia announced Wednesday that it is resuming direct flights from Rome to New York, Barcelona and Madrid on June as it increases flights by more than a third compared with May. Alitalia discontinued its Rome-New York flight on May 5 due to the ‘’worrying level’’ of coronavirus cases in New York, which in April had emptied flights to just 12% of capacity, or an average of 32 passengers each flight.
The struggling airline said from June, it will fly 30 routes to 25 airports, of which 10 are abroad, including London, Brussels and Frankfurt. The number of passengers on each flight will be halved, in keeping with distancing rules imposed by Rome. Alitalia was again in a phase of relaunch when Italy became the first western country with a domestic outbreak of coronavirus in February.