ITALY (eTN) – Cathay Pacific Airways, NTV, and SEA have joined in a groundbreaking agreement that will offer passengers traveling from Florence and Bologna to Hong Kong, and all the other destinations of the largest network of Cathay Pacific, a new integrated service mobility via ITALO high-speed trains.
Specifically, Cathay Pacific will offer a free pick on the Italian high-speed trains for passengers departing from the railway station of Florence and Bologna to Milan Porta Garibaldi station. Here passengers, depending on the class of travel, find a car or minivan with driver who will accompany them to Terminal 1 of Malpensa airport.
If the integrated mobility is “the” challenge facing the transport sector, begins Silvia Tagliaferri, Sales and Marketing Manager Italy and Malta of Cathay Pacific, in the press conference, said this arrangement allows one to overcome this challenge through the union of three excellent modes of mobility in Italy. The agreement also gives an even more specific concept to a “system in Italy” and emphasizes the traveler and his/her well-being and comfort on the ground, just like when on board and airplane.
Through this partnership with NTV and the invaluable support of SEA, taking an intercontinental flight with Cathay Pacific becomes even easier for those who live outside the Milan area. With a view to integrated transport merges, the rail of Florence and Bologna operated by NTV, combines intercontinental flights to Hong Kong, the “Gate of Orient.”
Travelers can then take advantage of a complete circuit of services facilitating one closer to Milan Malpensa and decreasing the waiting time at the airport. “We are proud to once again [have them] join us for an exceptional partner[ship] that allows us to pamper our passengers even more with a service inspired by … quality,” said Silvia Tagliaferri, “We have made quality the key to our success, and we are confident that passengers will respond positively to this new initiative dedicated to them. Areas of Bologna and Florence are undoubtedly two important urban centers referred to by the catchment areas of the entire Emilia Romagna and Tuscany. In this context, it is essential for Cathay Pacific Italy [to] facilitate the approach to Milan Malpensa, both for business and leisure travel. Thanks to the agreement with NTV and the invaluable support of SEA, [we] can offer our passengers a real circuit-integrated service unprecedented in Italy. Once again we had the courage and determination to be a pioneer.”
“Italo is the most modern train in Europe,” said Edmondo Boscoscuro, Sales Manager of NTV, “and is designed to meet the needs of all travelers, from commuter short-haul trips, the traveler, to reach intercontinental airports, chooses the quality of the journey time offered by NTV. Our company is developing a series of projects to integrated mobility to better serve the cities of our network. The aim is to facilitate mobility in the country to the Italian passenger and foreign tourists. The partnership with a prestigious company like Cathay Pacific is proof of this desire as well as the quality of our train. Between our objectives of expansion, there is the imminent opening of a representative NTV office in Shanghai, after the one opened in Mumbai.”
The new service the integrated mobility converges to Malpensa, confirming the primary role of the Milan airport for intercontinental flights.
David Crognaletti, Director of Aviation Business Development at SEA, joined in expressing satisfaction with the Cathay Pacific and NTV initiative which gives vision and practicality for the unique partnership in Italy that combines three organizations for travelers to the eastern markets attracted by Italy, without neglecting the Italians from Emilia Romagna and Tuscany who travel to Asia for business or leisure of which statistics indicate that both regions originate an average of 300,000 a year. Mention is made on the local transport system to Milan Malpensa served by 130 daily trains – Malpensa Express, as well as electric cars and other means.
Thanks to this initiative, Malpensa is closer to passengers who come from Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, confirming a continuous and direct service connection not only with Milan (reachable in just 29 minutes with the Malpensa Express), but also with major cities Florence and Bologna thanks to Italo – a practical response to the growing demand for mobility services integrated approach to providing passengers with the combination of different transport solutions to more easily reach your destination.
“I am particularly pleased that SEA, and in particular the Milan Malpensa airport, together with partners, will include a new record for direct connectivity to our Terminal,” said Crognaletti.