Italian airline Alitalia introduced freight cargo for the first time between Calcutta and Milan on Saturday. The first flight touched down at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at 5.35 am with 1,700 kg of machine parts from Frankfurt. It left for Milan at 10.30 am with 35 tonnes of cargo.
“Presently, the flight will operate once a week — on Saturdays,” said Nobel Vaz, general manager of Alitalia Cargo in charge of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives. The airline will introduce its second cargo flight between Calcutta and Milan “in a month or two”, Vaz added. Calcutta becomes the fourth base for Alitalia cargo in the country after Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi.