This may be of most interest to travel agents, but anyone who is planning to travel to Italy using Continental and/or Alitalia airlines should know about their new codeshare agreement.
Codesharing improves airline service by simplifying the booking process with electronic ticketing and communication of itinerary information between airlines. Customers traveling on connecting Continental/Alitalia itineraries are able to have single check-in for all flights, including the issuance of boarding passes and checked baggage to their final destination.
Effective immediately, Continental will place its code (CO*) on the following Alitalia flights: between Rome/Milan and Bari, Brindisi, Catania, Florence, Lamezia Terme, Naples, Palermo, Pisa, Trieste and Venice, Italy; between Rome and Bologna, Genoa, Reggio di Calabria, Turin and Verona, Italy; and between Rome/Milan and Tirana, Albania. These flights will connect with Continental’s daily non-stop services between New York/Newark and both Rome and Milan.
At the same time, Alitalia will place its code (AZ*) on Continental flights between New York/Newark and 11 U.S. destinations — Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (Oregon), San Francisco and Seattle — plus Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. These flights will connect with Alitalia’s daily non-stop services between both Rome and Milan and New York/Newark.