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ITA Flights To Rome

ITA replaced Alitalia as is Italy's flag carrier to operate flights from Rome and Milan to the rest of the world. They are hoping to join the Star Alliance again.

Alitalia used to offer the only direct connection between South Africa and Italy. This was not only convenient, but surprisingly affordable as well. From their hub in Rome, Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport, ITA now also connects to various destinations in Italy and Europe.

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Latest News

  • 21 October 2021: Alitalia ceased operations earlier this month as the airline closed down. It is not the end of the Italian airline though, as the re-imagined Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA), took over the fleet and crew to restart operations. The airline is being rebranded with a new logo in blue to match the Italian sports teams.

  • 29 April 2018: Alitalia Airline has re-introduced flights between Johannesburg (OR Tambo) and Rome (Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino). Their first flight to South Africa in over 16 years touched down in Johannesburg on the 10th of April 2018. They will operate four return flights per week on this route. This makes Alitalia the only airline to offer direct flights between South Africa and Italy.

Baggage Allowance

Different policies apply depending on your routing and booking class. Use the below as a guideline and check your baggage allowance on your air ticket.




Premium Economy


Hand Luggage

8 kg & one accessory

8 kg & one accessory

8 kg & one accessory

8 kg & one accessory

Checked Bag


1 x 23 kg

2 x 23 kg

2 x 32 kg

Check-in Information

There are multiple check-in options including their mobile app, the airline's website and at the airport (up to 60 minutes prior to departure).

Check-in closes 60 minutes prior to departure for international flights and 35 minutes prior to departure on domestic flights.

Boarding gates close 15 minutes before departure.


Alitalia has three cabin classes on all flights between Johannesburg and Rome.

Economy Class

Passengers travelling in Economy Class can enjoy personal entertainment with Alitalia's on-board entertainment, Wi-Fi and live news.

Passengers on short-haul international flights can enjoy a drink and a snack.

Passengers on international flights of more than three hours can ejoy a sandwich, dessrt and both hot and cold meals. It is not possible to book speciality meals.

Passengers on long-haul flights from Italy can enjoy two meals, one a full three course and another snack or breakfast. If the flight last longer than eleven hours a third service including a snack and drink will be served.

Premium Economy Class

Along with a more lenient baggage allowance, passengers travelling in Premium Economy Class can enjoy more leg room and privacy.

Along with the typical Economy Class service, passengers can also enjoy a night kit and Limoncello.

Business Class (Magnifica & Medium Haul Business Class)

Along with all the benefits that Premium Economy Class passengers can enjoy, Business Class passengers can make use of SkyTeam lounges and enjoy even more leg room and privacy in comfortable seats.

The premium class meal service is also heavily inspired by Italian tradition.

Johannesburg Flight Schedule

Alitalia Airlines only operates flights from Johannesburg in South Africa to Rome and beyond.

Flights from Johannesburg to Rome

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Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Flights from Rome to Johannesburg

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Flight Routes

Wherever Alitalia adds flights from Rome, this increases the 1-stop options for flights from Johannesburg to that destination via Rome.




















Reggio Calabria



Lamenzia Terme





Geneva, Switzerland

Tirania, Albania

Nice, France

Athens, Greece

Warsaw, Poland

Barcelona, Spain

Vienna, Austria

Paris, France

Budapest, Hungary

Lisbon, Portugal

Brussels, Belgium

Tbilisi, Georgia

Skopje, Macedonia

Malta, Malta

Zurich, Switzerland

Sofia, Bulgaria

Dusseldorf, Germany

Podgorica, Montenegro

Moscow, Russia

Larnaka, Cyprus

Frankfurt, Germany

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Saint Petersburg, Russia


Prague, Czech Republic

Munich, Germany

Krakow, Poland

Belgrade, Serbia


Africa & Asia

Delhi, India

Algiers, Algeria

Cairo, Egypt

Casablanca, Morocco

Tunis, Tunisia

Middle East

Tehran, Iran

Amman, Jordan

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Tel Aviv, Israel

Beirut, Lebanon

Codeshares & Equity Alliance Partners

Alitalia is a SkyTeam partner airline and as such passengers can earn and redeem frequent flyer miles on partner airlines like Aeroflot, Air Europa, Air France, China Airlines, Delta, Kenya Airways, KLM and Saudi Arabian Airlines among others.

Alitalia also has other partners outside of their SkyTeam members.

  • Etihad owns a 49% stake in the Italian carrier, Alitalia. Whilst they only acquired a stake in the airline in August 2014, they hoped to have the airline profitiable by 2017. Unfortunately that did not happen and the Italian government had to start the administration processes for Alitalia.
  • Virgin Australia
  • Jet Airways
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Air Serbia
  • GOL




Airbus A319


Airbus A320


Airbus A321


Airbus A330


Boeing 777


Frequent Flying Programme MilleMiglia

Alitalia's frequent flyer programme is called "MileMiglia". This allows you to earn miles on Alitalia flights and everyday purchases. Miles can be spent on award tickets and upgrades to superior travel classes.

Contact details

Call Centre: +27 11 463 5251


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