March 8, 2020 / 4:42 PM / a month ago

Alitalia to suspend flights from Milan Malpensa from March 9

FILE PHOTO: Alitalia airplanes are pictured at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, March 30, 2019. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

MILAN (Reuters) - Alitalia said on Sunday it was suspending national and international flights to and from Milan’s Malpensa airport from March 9 after the government ordered a lockdown of large areas of northern Italy to stem coronavirus contagion.

In a statement, the Italian flag carrier said it would operate only national flights from the smaller Milan Linate airport, and reduce the number of flights between Venice and Rome.

International routes will be served from Rome’s Fiumicino airport. The new regime will continue until at least April 3, the airline said.

Reporting by Francesca Landini; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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