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Alitalia's first flight to Washington Dulles in 2019 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

EU Likely To Reject Alitalia’s Rescue Plan

The new life of Alitalia as an again-state-owned carrier has not even started yet, and there is already a bump in the road ahead for the Italian flag carrier. The European Union Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager appears to be inclined to reject the plan proposed by the Italian government to regain control and ownership of Alitalia through a capital injection of over 3 billion euros ($3.39 billion), Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore reported last week. The plan…

Alitalia Lays Out June International and Domestic Schedules

Italy-based Alitalia has announced a significantly increased schedule for the month of June, in comparison to what the airline operated in May. June’s schedule tentatively consists of 36% more flights than May and a return of trans-Atlantic flying. In total, 30 routes will be flown between 25 separate airports, including…

New Alitalia to Exit SkyTeam Transatlantic Joint Venture, Expand Long-Haul…

After its original decision in March to re-nationalize the Italian flag carrier, Alitalia, the Italian government has taken all the necessary steps to transition all the assets into the new company that will be owned by Italian taxpayers who, during the past 12 years, have injected over 7 billion euros…

At a Glance: European Airlines Response to COVID-19

As the effects of the global pandemic take full effect across the world, the bosses of major airlines across Europe have begun to announce what measures they will take to help protect their airlines for future operations. Some have decided to defer orders, others have decided to expedite the retirements…

New Alitalia Starts To Take Shape

After the decision by the Italian Government to renationalize Alitalia due to the current crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a few details are starting to surface concerning the future shape and size of the newly re-formed Italian flag carrier. The first rumors leaked from governmental sources were suggesting a…

Italian Government Renationalizes Alitalia

Troubled flag carrier Alitalia will become once again a state-owned airline as a result of a new decree signed on Monday by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte as part of a relief package to support the economy in a country hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Alitalia was supposed to…

Alitalia Needs to Downsize Before Lufthansa Is Ready To Invest

After the November 21 deadline, the eighth deadline during the past two and a half years of special administration, went by without any offer being presented to the bankruptcy administrators, it is back to the drawing board for Alitalia, the struggling Italian flag carrier looking for a way out of…

Alitalia’s Rescue To Enter A New Phase

The struggle for survival Alitalia has been going through for the last two-and-a-half years has just got considerably longer. The November 21 deadline for a rescue plan, the eighth deadline that had been set by the special administrators running the company, passed by without any proposal being put forward by…

Lufthansa Renews Interest in Struggling Alitalia

In an unexpected twist of the never-ending saga of Alitalia’s restructuring, German carrier Lufthansa is now becoming an interested party in the operation. After expressing a lukewarm interest at various stages throughout the entire process, that has been progressing for the past two and a half years, and after being…

Milan Linate Airport Reopens After Maintenance Shutdown

At 6:02 p.m. on Satuday, Alitalia flight AZ2092 from Rome landed at Milan Linate Airport. It was the first flight to land at Milan’s city airport after a three-month closure to allow the resurfacing of the runway and some upgrade works to the terminal building and the baggage handling system.…