The airline has resurrected its Romanian network plans.

Aeroitalia Landing at Airport
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Recently established Italian airline Aeroitalia has unveiled its latest network additions – seven weekly flights to two Romanian destinations in Bucharest and Bacău from Rome Fiumicino Airport. The carrier will launch dozens of new routes this summer amid a huge expansion of its network.

Aeroitalia announces Romanian expansion

Starting on June 1st, Aeroitalia will operate four weekly flights to Bucharest Henri Coandă International Airport (OTP) and three weekly services to Bacău George Enescu International Airport (BCM) out of Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO), with one flight on each day of the week. Both will be seasonal routes, with flights to Bucharest available until September 29th and those to Baucau until September 30th – the full schedule is below.

Monday and Wednesday:

  • FCO to OTP – Departs Rome Fiumicino at 11:05, arrives in Bucharest at 14:15.
  • OTP to FCO – Departs Bucharest at 15:10, arrives in Rome Fiumicino at 16:25.

Friday and Sunday:

  • FCO to OTP – Departs Rome Fiumicino at 13:15, arrives in Bucharest at 16:25.
  • OTP to FCO – Departs Bucharest at 17:15, arrives in Rome Fiumicino at 18:25.

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday:

  • FCO to BCM – Departs Rome Fiumicino at 11:05, arrives in Bacău at 14:20.
  • BCM to FCO – Departs Bacău at 15:10, arrives in Rome Fiumicino at 16:25.

Romanian services revived

Aeroitalia had initially planned to serve Bacău regularly from both Milan Bergamo Airport (BGY) and Rome Fiumicino from December 2022, but ended up scrapping both routes in early January after just five weeks. The carrier will return to Bucharest on March 26th with a daily flight from Milan Bergamo before its FCO routes launch in June.

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Aeroitalia 737-800

Why the airline chose to scrap its initial Bacău flights early is unclear – it has previously shut down routes after serving them briefly, including a short-lived service between Florence and London Heathrow which lasted just 10 days. Its plans for this summer are highly ambitious, with 18 new routes from its base at Forli Airport and 24 routes from Milan Bergamo set to massively expand the Italian carrier’s network.

Flights on sale now

Fares for both routes have already gone on sale on Aeroitalia’s website, with one-way tickets priced as low as EUR 29.99 ($32.33) to Bucharest and EUR 39.99 ($43.11) to Bacău. Both routes will be operated by 189-seater Boeing 737-800s, of which the Italian carrier has four (soon to be five with the arrival of 9H-FSJ).

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Aeroitalia Boeing 737-800

The airline will be the sole operator of direct flights between Rome and Bacău, although it will face stiff competition on Rome-Bucharest – TAROM and Wizz Air both fly between FCO and OTP and Romanian carrier Dan Air will also begin in June, while Ryanair serves Romania’s capital from Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA).

What do you think of Aeroitalia’s latest network expansion? What do you think the airline can offer over its competitors? Let us know your insights in the comments.


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