Italian national carrier Alitalia is returning to Cyprus after announcing that it will resume routes between Larnaca and Rome as of next month.

According to an announcement by the airline, the flights will get underway on June 8 and will take place between Larnaca Airport and Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome.

Flights will be taking off from Rome every Wednesday and Saturday at 10.35pm and landing at around 2.40am (Cyprus time) the following morning in Larnaca.

Alitalia had previously halted flights to and from Cyprus six years ago.

Flights from Larnaca will take place every Thursday and Sunday - taking off at 4.50am and landing in Rome at 7.15am.

All flights will be conducted by Alitalia's new A320 fleet, which is part of the Airbus A320neo family - a series of airliners developed since December 2010 by Airbus, with the suffix "neo" meaning "new engine option".

Two years ago, the Abu Dhabi-based UAE national airline Etihad Airways confirmed it had agreed to terms with Alitalia on taking a 49% stake in the Italian airline.

Source: In-Cyprus