28 October 2021
Date: Thursday, 28 October 2021
Ref: 044 - 2021 EN
Air Malta and ITA Airways Sign Comprehensive Codeshare Partnership
• Increased connectivity and travel options for customers of both airlines between Malta and Italy
ITA Airways and Air Malta, have signed a broad codeshare agreement connecting the networks of the two airlines. This new commercial partnership, which applies to flights departing from Sunday 31st October, is bound to boost business travel and tourism between Italy and Malta and will offer customers more options and better flight schedules when travelling through the two airlines’ hubs in Rome and Luqa, Malta.
Following this agreement, ITA Airways’ and Air Malta’s customers can now fly seamlessly to their desired destination with a single ‘unique’ ticket, checking-in at the airport of departure, and collecting their checked-through baggage at the end of their trip in the arrival airport.
ITA Airways will apply its ‘AZ’ code on all services operated by Air Malta between Italy and Malta. Similarly, Air Malta will codeshare AZ flights between Malta and Rome, connecting Italian domestic services beyond Rome Fiumicino Airport and Milan Linate and selected connecting international services.
The new codeshare flights are now available for sale through the airlines’ respective websites (itaspa.com and airmalta.com), reservation systems and in travel agencies.
Commenting on this agreement Roy Kinnear, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “We are very excited with this new code-share agreement that connects us to a wide selection of airports in Italy and beyond. Italy is one of Air Malta’s most important markets and this agreement will enhance our reach in the Italian market. We intend to continue working and increase our cooperation with ITA Airways to bring more benefits to our customers.”
"We are very pleased with this code share agreement with Air Malta”, commented Andrea Benassi Chief of Network, Fleet and Alliances at ITA Airways. He added, “ITA Airways is seeking valuable partnerships to support this important start up period and this agreement goes in the right direction. ITA Airways aims at becoming an efficient and innovative air carrier that will be a reference point in providing Italy with quality connectivity with international destinations, thus boosting
tourism and foreign trade. This cooperation agreement provides our passengers with the best travel experience when flying to an increasingly larger number of destinations and significantly enlarges our presence in Malta, a key market which presents great growth opportunities for the Company".
For more details or reservations visit itaspa.com and airmalta.com or contact your local travel agent.
About Air Malta
Air Malta started flying operations on 1 April 1974 with seven scheduled services across Europe and North Africa and two wet-leased aircraft. The airline now operates a fleet of 7 Airbus, (4) A320neo and (3) A320ceo aircraft. Over the course of its history transported over 55 million passengers safely to and from the Maltese Islands.
Air Malta has been voted the 3rd ‘Best Regional Airline in Europe’ and the 10th ‘Best Regional Airline in the World’ at the Skytrax World Airline Awards™ 2021.
About ITA Airways
ITA - Italia Trasporto Aereo is a company totally owned by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance for the exercise of business in the air transport sector. The airline has been active since November 2020. ITA Airways operates 44 destinations with 59 routes, growing to 74 destinations and 89 routes by 2025, at the conclusion of the rebalancing process of flights towards the long-haul sector, which is aimed at bridging the connectivity gap of the Country. The Company has a fleet of 52 aircraft, including 7 wide-bodies and 45 narrow-bodies aircraft.