AviationJust months after arriving, Italian airline is out of Asia.

Arrivaderci Delhi: Air Italy quits India

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Air Italy puts the brakes on Asia.
Air Italy puts the brakes on Asia.

The airline is also ready to cancel its Milan to Bangkok flights starting March 31. Air Italy started service to Bangkok in September last year and to Delhi and Mumbai in December. 

Just months after launch, Air Italy is cancelling flights to Asia. The airline will discontinue service from Milan to Mumbai on February 17 and Milan to Delhi on March 29. 

The airline is also ready to cancel its Milan to Bangkok flights starting March 31. Air Italy started service to Bangkok in September last year and to Delhi and Mumbai in December. 

According to The Times of India, Air Italy stated that it “will be making… network amendments […] due to a combination of strategic network consolidation and route prioritisation, aircraft delivery changes, and market dynamics.” 

Air Italy, which is 49% owned by Qatar Airways, had plans to connect India with San Francisco and Los Angeles via its hub in Milan.  It was also in talks to seal a codeshare agreement with Vistatra, the domestic Indian airline.

In the US, Air Italy’s transatlantic ambitions were seen as an attempt by Qatar Airways to fly around “Partnership for Open & Fair Skies” agreements by Middle East airlines, under which US carriers sought “to restore fair competition to international aviation”.

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