LONDON – Air Italy has signed a codesharing arrangement with Bulgaria Air, offering connectivity between Bulgaria and eight destinations across Italy.

This agreement will see the Air Italy IG code be placed on Bulgaria Air flights from Milan Malpensa to Sofia, Varna and Burgas, with the FB code from Bulgaria Air being placed on flights to Rome Fiumicino, Naples, Olbia and Cagliari, Palermo and Catania, and Lamezia Terme from Milan Malpensa.

Commenting on the new agreement was Air Italy’s Chief Operating Officer, Rossen Dimitrov who emphasised the extended connectivity both domestically and internationally.

“The commencement of our partnership with Bulgaria Air is great news for passengers of both airlines. Our customers can now benefit from a new choice for connecting to Bulgaria via Milan Malpensa, from our seven key Italian destinations.”

“Meanwhile, we are delighted to be welcoming Bulgaria Air’s passengers on board our new Air Italy flights from Milan Malpensa to Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari and Olbia.”

“We are also very proud to be welcoming Bulgaria Air’s passengers traveling from Sofia, Varna and Burgas on board our new Air Italy intercontinental flights from Milan Malpensa to the US and Canada as they will experience our extremely comfortable widebody long-haul Airbus A330-200 and our new Business and Economy Class on board services.”

On top of this, Bulgaria Air passengers will now be able to fly onwards to the U.S, Canada and Africa on a single ticket thanks to interlining agreements between the two carriers.

This means that destinations such as New York, Los Angeles & San Francisco (April 2019), Toronto (May 2019), Cairo, Dakar, Accra and Lagos will be available on that network.

Also commenting on this agreement was Hristo Todorov, who commented on the new relationship with Air Italy.

“It is a great pleasure to announce the new codeshare agreement which is only a step towards Bulgaria Air’s goal to offer passengers the opportunity to travel intercontinentally and connect Bulgarians all over the world.”

Our urge is to continually expand our portfolio of destinations and we are very happy that we have found a partner such as Air Italy who had already proven to be a responsible, innovative and progressive air career.”

“Thanks to this partnership the passengers from the United States, Canada, Italy and Bulgaria can benefit and enjoy the same high quality and comfortable flights as always and reach numerous new destinations. We are happy to welcome all Air Italy’s passengers on board and be a part of creating a connection between Italy and Bulgaria”.

Air Italy has confirmed that tickets under the agreements will be available from March 31st for purchase.

For an airline like Bulgaria Air, it offers the chance of extending its international offerings at a lower operating costs, especially if the carrier is not in a financially viable solution to buy new aircraft.

It will be interesting to see what level of engagement this deal will have with fliers and whether it could boost passenger numbers on the Air Italy end in particular with long-haul flying.