Air Italy has officially announced that it will begin nonstop service connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco to Milan starting in April 2019. This is great news for anyone traveling from the Bay area to Italy. Currently, only Norwegian Air offers nonstop service to Italy, and these flights are only seasonal.

Starting April 10th, Air Italy will provide four times weekly non-stop service between San Francisco and Milan. It will also begin nonstop service between Milan and Los Angeles the week before. The Milan-Los Angeles route will also be operated four times a week.

These two newly added routes will give Air Italy a total of four major destinations in the United States. Currently, the airline services New York and Miami. Tickets are already available for these flights through the Air Italy website.

San Francisco has not had a regular nonstop flight to Italy from its airport since 2001. Alitalia has been saying that the carrier would restart this flight but it unfortunately suffered many financial setbacks in recent years hence is unable to follow through. Now, Air Italy has stepped in to fill the void.

Air Italy was formerly known as Meridiana Airlines. The airline officially changed its name this past March when Qatar Airways made a significant investment in the company. The airline has since begun to update its fleet, improve its services and broaden its destinations.

Passengers who are part of the former Meridiana Airlines frequent flyer program can continue earning and using their points on these flights. The airline is not yet a part of any of the major airline alliances.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: