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Air Italy's inaugural flight landing on approach to JFK's runway 22L. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Shaquille Khan)

Air Italy Reportedly on the Brink of Bankruptcy

Italian airline Air Italy could be fighting for its survival and to avoid an imminent grounding, according to reports by Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. The carrier, 49 percent of which is owned by Qatar Airways, is expected to report a loss for 2019 superior to the 160 million euros deficit that was reported for 2018, and an emergency board meeting that was planned for February 18 has allegedly been moved up to February 11 because of the liquidity crunch…

Italian Carrier Ernest Airlines Suspends Operations

Italian low-cost airline Ernest Airlines has announced it will be suspending operations as of Jan. 13, 2020. According to a statement published on the airlines’ website, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) will be suspending Ernst’s Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) on that date and it will only be restored “following…

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…

Flights To and From Italy Canceled Due to National Strike

A significant number of flights to and from Italy were canceled today as the result of a national strike called by public and private sector workers over demands for higher pay and improved pensions and working conditions. Alitalia is reported to have canceled over 250 flights, including some on Thursday…

Alitalia Still Without a Savior, Is the End Approaching?

Another deadline has passed for Alitalia and there is still no indication of a likely solution to the Italian flag carrier’s long-standing troubles. A binding offer that was due to be presented by Oct. 15 on behalf of the consortium led by Ferrovie dello Stato and Atlantia did not materialize…

Milan’s Linate Airport Temporarily Shuts Down, Flights Relocated to Malpensa

The city of Milan this weekend will lose one of its airports for the next three months. Airport “Enrico Forlanini” in Milan-Linate will suspend all commercial operation in the evening of Friday, July 26, when flight AZ1771 to Palermo, Sicily, scheduled to depart at 10.25 p.m., will be the last…

Atlantia to Become Alitalia’s Majority Stakeholder

The never-ending saga of ailing carrier Alitalia seems to be close to a new chapter. On Monday, the now-majority stakeholder Ferrovie dello Stato (the Italian state railway company) held a Board of Directors meeting to choose among the four non-binding offers that were received for a 40 percent stake in…

Alitalia Becomes State-Owned Again, Delta Takes 10 Percent Stake

If any Italian has the need to define "circular" with a single word, the best choice at hand would be just to say  "Alitalia." July 15 will be the official date of a new cycle of the former flag company, as the special administration council that was ruling the airline…

Air Italy Inaugurates Los Angeles Service, Celebrates Long-Haul Network Growth

Air Italy has landed on the West Coast, bringing Italian style to Los Angeles from Milan and providing the only nonstop link between the two cities. The inaugural flight from Milan's Malpensa Airport arrived at Los Angeles International Airport late Wednesday afternoon marking the very first West Coast flight for…

Alitalia Recovery Further Delayed with No Buyers in Sight

The solution to the never-ending saga of ailing Italian flag carrier Alitalia has been further delayed. The three commissioners now at the helm of the virtually bankrupt airline have officially communicated that the new turnaround plan, due on March 31, is going to be presented on April 30. According to…