Ciao! Non-stop flights to Rome coming to Twin Cities airport


That Roman holiday you've always wanted may soon be within reach, if air travel complications were your major holdup.

That's because starting next summer, non-stop flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Rome, Italy, will be available on a daily and "seasonal" basis.

The new service was announced by Delta Airlines in a Monday news release, with the carrier saying it will also add non-stop service from Michigan to Munich, Germany.

"Rome will be Delta's fifth long-haul international destination from Minneapolis-St. Paul," the release indicates. Flights will begin in May 2016.

Those other far-flung destinations are Amsterdam, London, Paris and Tokyo-Narita, says the Star Tribune, which adds that the airline's discontinued service to Honolulu will be coming back to MSP next month.

The paper adds that the Twin Cities-to-Rome flights will be available "through the peak summer months until near Labor Day."

Of course, money may still be a roadblock in realizing that ideal Roman holiday – according to the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal, round-trip fares will be about $2,000.

However, the economic benefits of the direct-to-Rome flights may be a two-way street for Minnesota: the Business Journal quotes Metropolitan Airports Commission CEO Jeff Hamiel as saying the new service will give "businesses, colleges and civic organizations in Minnesota another opportunity to attract visitors from the Mediterranean region of Europe."

Delta counts MSP and Detroit's airport as its Midwest hubs.

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