May 27, 2015: Emirates has today announced plans to start a daily service to Bologna, Italy from 3rd November 2015.
The capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna will be Emirates' fourth Italian destination bringing Emirates' weekly flights to Italy to 56.
"The addition of a fourth Italian gateway is another new and exciting development for Emirates. We have been committed to Italy for over 23 years and in that time we have played an important role in increasing opportunities for business and tourism across the country, thanks to our convenient connections to over 49 destinations in the Far East, Middle East and Africa," said Thierry Antinori, Emirates' Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
"We are very proud to have Emirates fly to Bologna from November this year," said Enrico Postacchini, Chairman of Aeroporto di Bologna (AdB). "The airline's top-class service enables us to connect our dynamic territory, rich of both artistic heritage and economic and entrepreneurial spirit, with Dubai, the perfect gateway for access to Emirates' network in Asia and Africa."
"This new partnership between Emirates and Bologna Airport enhances Marconi Airport's positioning as the fourth largest in Italy, in regards to global connectivity," added Nazareno Ventola, Managing Director of AdB. "This new flight offers the over 47,000 local businesses, operating in key domestic sectors and managing export volume of more than 26 billion Euros per year, comfortable and timely access to over 50 Far Eastern, Middle Eastern and African destinations."
With the new daily flight to Bologna, Emirates SkyCargo will offer up to 23 tonnes of cargo capacity per day, further supporting Italian exports of cosmetics, construction equipment and machinery, automotive spare parts and handicrafts. Inbound to Bologna Emirates SkyCargo is expected to carry leather goods, garments, footwear and perishables.
Emirates has been contributing to Italy's connectivity since 1992 when it first launched flights to Rome. In the last 23 years Emirates has grown its presence in line with demand and today, measured on the basis of flights and purchases of Italian goods and services, the airline supports more than 10,000 jobs in Italy and contributes €747 million to the economy.
Emirates currently operates a triple daily flight to Rome and Milan and daily flight to Venice. Emirates also operates a daily flight to New York from Milan which will be operated by an A380 aircraft from 1st June 2015.
With the launch of Bologna Emirates will increase its European network to an impressive 38 passenger destinations.