Costa Cruises has signed a three-year partnership with Italian airline Neos that will allow passengers leaving from Italy to connect with their vessels in ports in the Caribbean, Dubai and Northern Europe.
Under the deal, 90,000 seats on Neos flights will be allocated exclusively for Costa passengers from 2016-2018, the result of growing demand in the Italian market for fly+cruise packages.
The Neos-Costa Cruises flights will connect the airports of Milan Malpensa, Verona, Bologna, Rome Fiumicino and Catania to highly sought-after destinations such as Guadeloupe Pointe-à-Pitre for winter getaway cruises in the Caribbean, Warnemunde-Rostock and Stockholm for summer cruises in the Baltic Sea and Norwegian fjords, and Dubai for winter cruises in the UAE and Oman.
“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, which is designed to truly meet the demands of our customers,” said Costa Cruises president Neil Palomba. “It is confirmation of our great commitment and determination to offer excellent quality service epitomizing ‘Italy’s finest’, meaning innovation, style, comfort and attention to detail.”
On long haul flights, the allocation of seats for Costa passengers will include Premium class, offering wider seats and iPads for each passenger filled with films, music and games. Upon checking in via the Neos website, Costa customers will also be able to select their seats in advance of the flight.
The Neos fleet consists of three Boeing 767s and six Boeing 737s and the airline currently has three new Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” aircraft on order.