Air Italy Friday began operating at Los Angeles International Airport, offering four nonstop flights per week between LAX and Milan's Malpensa International Airport.
Air Italy's arrival at LAX makes it one of only four airports in the United States providing nonstop flights to and from Milan.
"When you have a destination as exquisite and enticing as Italy, you cannot have enough routes to get there," said Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, chair of the Trade, Travel and Tourism Committee. "This is why I am so pleased that Air Italy is beginning its newest route between L.A. and Milan. This new venture is a part of a growing pattern of international investment into Los Angeles' tourism economy as L.A.'s message, that everyone is welcome, resonates with visitors across the globe."
Flights will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and Air Italy will fly the nonstop route using a new, long-haul Airbus A330-200. The flight times are expected to be 12 hours to Milan Malpensa Airport, and 13 hours and 50 minutes on the return flight to LAX.
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"Travel between Los Angeles and Milan has nearly doubled in the past two years, and we are pleased that the day has come for this first ever nonstop flight," said Deborah Flint, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports. "This route will create new opportunities for international travelers to visit L.A., a diverse and thriving region, and for Angelenos to experience exceptional beauty, art, food, culture and vibrancy of Milan. Our cities have much in common, and with this flight we are more closely connected than ever before."