Alitalia Flies back to MexicoBy Dania Vargas Austryjak
Expanding tourism in Mexico and Italy.
The governments of Mexico and Italy have agreed to increase tourism both ways. Alitalia, Italy’s leading airline, has announced its return to Mexico by 2016. Alitalia will then be connecting Rome and Mexico City through direct flight routes, reinforcing the company’s commitment to develop its intercontinental network.
Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto and Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating each other’s support and commitment to increase tourism and economic growth in both countries, as well as the Italian airline’s opening of a new direct flight between both countries’ capitals.
This direct flight is part of Alitalia’s strategy to increase its intercontinental network and renewal its long-haul fleet, which includes 24 aircrafts: 14 Airbus A330s and 10 Boeing 777s. They are also expecting to add 5 more planes for long-haul routes by 2018.
"We are very determined in implementing the recovery plan for Alitalia that hinges specifically on the development of long distance travel," stated Alitalia’s Chief Executive Officer, Silvano Cassano in a press release. "The flight to Mexico City responds to market demands that appear to be of great interest, both in terms of traditional tourism, business tourism and freight."
Both countries leaders hope to boost tourism on both ends. As stated by Cassano: “We are very proud of the agreement signed today and, with this new route, Alitalia is doubly committed to promoting Mexico as a preferred tourist destination for Italy, while developing Italy as a preferred tourist destination for Mexico.”
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