ITA Airways has begun a three daily service from London City Airport to Milan Linate Airport.
The move was a response to the demand from both business and leisure travellers.
An additional daily service will also be introduced in January 2024, bringing the total number of weekly rotations to 24. This will comprise four daily flights from Monday-Friday, one daily flight on Saturday and three daily flights on Sunday.
The route, which links Europe’s key financial hubs, is used by business travellers and large corporations including JP Morgan, Barclays and Credit Suisse.
Andrew Hodges, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport, said: “Milan was previously one of our top five performing routes and we have recently seen huge pent-up demand from our passengers to travel to and from, so we’re delighted to be offering greater access to the city.”
Emiliana Limosani, Chief Commercial Officer at ITA Airways and CEO of Volare, added: “We are pleased to be operating at London City, a favourite destination for business customers working in the British capital.
“We are also particularly proud to accompany our passengers with our brand-new Airbus, which has just joined the fleet. The UK is a strategic market for ITA Airways, operating up to a maximum of 90 weekly roundtrip flights between London and its two hubs: Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate.”
The flights to Milan Linate from LCY are in addition to BA CityFlyer’s weekly Sunday service.
ITA Airways will operate a single-aisle aircraft that seats 125 passengers. It will be the first time the Italian flag carrier has operated with its own livery since rebranding last year.