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Costa extends fly-cruise partnership with Neos

Costa extends fly-cruise partnership with Neos
Costa Cruises and airline Neos, part of the Italian tourism company Gruppo Alpitour,  have announced a new 3-year agreement, enabling Costa passengers flying from Italy to travel on special flights operated by Neos tojoin ships in the  Caribbean, Dubai and Northern Europe.

Under the deal, there will be a total of approximately 90,000 seats on Neos flights exclusively set aside for Costa Cruises during the three year-period 2016-2018.

The Neos-Costa Cruises flights will connect the airports of Milan Malpensa, Verona, Bologna, Rome Fiumicino and Catania to Guadeloupe Pointe-à-Pitre for winter getaway cruises in the Caribbean, Warnemunde-Rostock and Stockholm for summer cruises in the Baltic Sea and the Norwegian fjords, and Dubai for winter cruises in the UAE and Oman.  

Under the terms of the agreement it will also be possible over the next three years to add other Italian cities to the list of those offering the fly+cruise option.

'The new agreement with Neos, an Italian partner we’ve been working with for some years now, marks the continued expansion of Costa Cruises’ fly&cruise formula,' said Costa Cruises president Neil Palomba.

Neos Ceo Carlo Stradiotti stated:  'For many years we’ve been partnering Costa Cruises and this new 3-year deal is a ground-breaking agreement between two companies who share the main aim of continuing to support and improve Italian tourism.  Our objective is to make Costa’s customers feel that they’re already on vacation as soon as they get to the airport, by offering them the best in terms of service, quality and comfort.'

On long haul flights, in addition to economy seating, there will also be places available in premium class with bigger seats, and in-flight entertainment on individual iPads.

The Neos fleet consists of 3 Boeing 767s and 6 Boeing 737s. Neos has three new Boeing 787 Dreamliner's on order.