High season in Sardinia is June to September. Holidays such as Easter also see a huge jump in prices.
International airlines operate year-round flights from cities across Europe including Barcelona, Brussels, Dortmund, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Munich, Oslo, Paris and Stockholm.
Domestic flights connect with mainland Italian airports including Rome, Milan, Naples, Bari, Bologna, Turin, Venice and Verona.
Note that there's a marked increase in flights to and from Sardinia in summer, with many seasonal flights operating between June and September.
Italian airlines serving Sardinia:
Air Dolomiti (www.airdolomiti.it)
Air One (www.flyairone.it)
Alitalia (www.alitalia.it) Italy's national carrier.
Flights from Italian and European cities serve Sardinia’s three main airports. Flight schedules are available on the websites of all three airports.
Flights from Australia to mainland Italy generally go via Southeast Asian capitals. From Sydney you’ll be looking at airfares upwards of A$2200. Flights from Perth are generally a few hundred dollars cheaper.
For airfares from the Canadian east/west coast, reckon on around C$750/820.
Alitalia has flights to Rome from Toronto.
There are plenty of flights from continental Europe direct to Sardinia, although services drop off considerably in winter, particularly to Alghero and Olbia.
Domestic flights from the Italian mainland are operated by a number of international companies, including Ryanair and easyJet, and Italy’s big three domestic airlines: Alitalia, Meridiana and Air One.
Singapore Airlines flies from Auckland via Singapore to Rome’s Fiumicino airport, sometimes with more than one stop.
Alternatively Air New Zealand (www.airnewzealand.com) flies to Rome from Auckland via Hong Kong or Los Angeles and then London. Otherwise, Qantas or Alitalia flights from Australia are the most direct way to get to Italy and then Sardinia.
From the UK you’re looking at around £70 for a direct flight to Sardinia with a low-cost airline such as Ryanair or easyJet.
The North Atlantic is the world’s busiest long-haul air corridor and the flight options are bewildering. There are no direct flights from the USA to Sardinia, so you’ll have to fly via Rome or Milan.
From the US east/west coast fares start at about US$600/750. Standby fares are often sold at 60% of the normal price for one-way tickets.
Delta Airlines (www.delta.com) and American Airlines (www.aa.com) and Alitalia have regular flights from New York’s JFK to Malpensa in Milan and Rome’s Fiumicino airport. The latter also flies from Chicago O’Hare to Rome.
Continental Airlines (www.continental.com) operates from Newark to Rome and Milan, while United Airlines (www.united.com) has a service from Washington to Rome. Standard fares can be expensive, but you can usually find something cheaper if you shop around.
Airhitch (www.airhitch.org) is an online specialist. You give a general idea of where and when you need to go, and a few days before your departure you will be presented with a choice of two or three flights.