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Alitalia flights

Planning a trip to the Bel Paese? You'll be looking for flights with Alitalia, Italy's flag carrying airline. Their name is a combination of the Italian words "Ali" (wings) and "Italia" (Italy), and they're Europe's 11th largest airline. They narrowly escaped bankruptcy in 2013, but were saved by a €500 million investment package. They're now part-owned by the United Arab Emirates flag carrying airline Etihad, who bought a 49% share in the business in 2014.

Alitalia currently fly to 97 destinations with their fleet of 103 aircraft. Although they fly to destinations in Africa, the Americas, the Middle East and across Europe, they're best known for their domestic routes within Italy. Their hub is Rome-Fiumicino Airport. Although Alitalia don't technically offer flights direct from Ireland, they've been a SkyTeam member since 2009. As a result, they have codeshare agreements with airlines including KLM so it's possible to fly to your destination on a single Alitalia ticket. As they're a SkyTeam member, miles collected through the airline's MilleMiglia (thousand miles) frequent flyer program are exchangeable throughout the whole network.

Information correct as of March 2017

Why fly Alitalia

How to check in

Airport check-in usually closes 40 minutes prior to departure for Schengen and domestic flights, and 60 minutes for long-haul flights and flights outwith the Schengen Area (for example Ireland and the UK). Online check in opens the day before scheduled departure. Note that Alitalia online check in isn't available from Antalya, Alghero, Beirut, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Boston, Budapest, Casablanca, Copenhagen, Corfu, Krakow, Dubrovnik, Ekaterinburg, Geneva, Havana, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kiev, Larnaca, London Gatwick, Malaga, Malta, Minorca, Marseilles, Montpellier, Moscow, Munich, Mykonos, Olbia, Oran, Palma de Mallorca, Podgorica, Prague, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, St. Petersburg, Santorini, Skopje, Sofia, Split, Tbilisi, Tehran, Toulouse, Tirana, Tunis, Vienna and Zurich.

Seating

You can select your seat during check-in. Seat pitch (the space between your seat and the one in front) is quite generous in economy, ranging from 30" to 35" inches. In Premium Economy you get a bit of extra legroom, with a seat pitch of 38", while business class passengers can stretch out with 44-46". It's possible to pay for an Extra Comfort seat, and prices vary depending on route and flight length. Prices start at €15 for domestic flights, €25 to €35 for short and medium haul, and €75 or €85 for intercontinental routes.

Booking fees

Alitalia levy a €3 online booking charge for all passengers aged 12 and over. Call centre charges are higher, at €9.50 for a ticket bought immediately and €25 for a ticket purchased after the reservation has been made.

Service on board

Alitalia have four passenger classes: economy, premium economy, business and long haul business. All passengers can enjoy seat back entertainment and onboard Wi-Fi. Two meals are served on long-haul economy international flights leaving from Italy. Premium Economy passengers get priority boarding, seats that recline to 120°, 40% more legroom and a complimentary blanket and pillow to use during the flight. Medium haul business class passengers get free lounge access, and have more space in the cabin with just four seats per row. The seats are made from Recaro leather and are designed to be ergonomic, for extra comfort. In addition to the welcome drink, limoncello is served after every meal and sparkling wine is included in the free drink allowance. In long-haul business class, seats recline to a flat position and have a massage function. It's possible to bid for an upgrade after booking your flight.

Punctuality

Alitalia has a great record for punctuality, and was one of the world's top 20 most punctual airlines in 2015. The record continued into 2016, with 9 out of 10 flights departing right on time.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

Alitalia hand luggage allowance: size, weight and fees

Cabin bag size: 55cm x 35cm x 25cm.

Hand luggage weight allowance: 8kg.

Number of hand luggage pieces allowed: One bag plus one personal item (briefcase, laptop bag, or small handbag).

Cost to check in oversized luggage: €100.

Alitalia hold luggage allowance: size, weight and fees

Hold baggage size: 158cm total (length x width x height).

Hold luggage weight allowance: 23kg or 32kg.

Number of hold bags allowed: Light: 0. Economy: 1 x 23kg. Premium Economy/Comfort: 2 x 23kg. Business: 2 x 32kg

Cost of hold luggage: 1st piece: €20 if bought online, €40 at airport. 2nd piece: €100 or €85 on flights from Japan, Europe and Eastern Europe. 3rd piece: €285 or €240 on flights from Japan, Europe and Eastern Europe.

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