ITA Airways has signed a deal with the Italian government to offer cut-price to soldiers, civilian defence staff and their families.

Fabio Maria Lazzerini, the carrier’s chief executive, put pen to paper on the agreement, which was also signed by the army’s chief of staff, Admiral Guiseppe Cavo Dragone, and Isabella Rauti, the under-secretary for defence.

Rauti thanked the carrier for the arrangement, saying it would help soldiers and families to meet after long deployments away from home.

Lazzerini said ITA Airways, which Germany’s Lufthansa Group has bid for a minority stake in, wanted to provide a service to the Italian military in recognition of its role in defending the country.