See you, guys later. We're off to Rome!

Norwegian Air just announced that it will soon offer nonstop flights between Denver and Rome, Italy. They will be the first and only nonstop flights offered to Italy from Denver.

According to Denver International Airport (DEN), about 40,000 people make the trip to Italy every year. Rome is currently Denver’s sixth-largest market in Europe.

Starting on March 30, 2020, the service will fly twice a week, increasing to three times per week when peak travel season hits; April through October 2020. The nonstop flight between Rome and Denver takes about 11 hours one way. Norwegian Air plans to use a two-class 344 seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for the flight, which is the same model of plane used on its other international service routes out of DIA.

“The addition of Rome to Denver’s growing portfolio of nonstop international destination is tremendous news,” said DEN CEO Kim Day. “We are confident demand for travel between Denver and Rome will grow significantly as a result of this new service and know that travelers from the Rocky Mountain Region will be eager to take advantage of this nonstop flight and enjoy all that Rome and Italy have to offer.”

Mayor Michael Hancock is very excited about the news and shared this video on YouTube:

“These new flights mean new jobs and greater economic opportunities for Denver residents,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “This nonstop connection to Italy further solidifies Denver’s strong position in the global economy as both a business and tourism hub. Lonely Planet just named Denver as one of their top 10 places to visit in 2020.”

The new flight service will also bring 350 new jobs to Denver and generate an estimated $48 million in annual economic impact to Colorado, according to the press release. Denver is the fifth busiest airport in the United States, and new international options may just make it even busier. Denver International Airport generates more than $26 billion annually.

Norwegian Air began flying out of Denver in 2017 and, with the addition of the nonstop flight to Rome, now serves more European destinations nonstop than any other carrier in Denver.

Will you be scooping up a nonstop flight to Rome from the Mile High City when they go on sale? Let us know what you think about all this in the comments, and maybe, just maybe, we will see you on a flight sometime soon. Italy is on our bucket list, after all ...