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An Alitalia 777-200 at New York-JFK (Photo: AirlineGeeks

Alitalia’s Reincarnation, Italia Transporto Aereo, To Begin Operations in October

After many initial hiccups, Italia Transporto Aereo (ITA), the company that will supersede Alitalia, has had its 2021-2025 business plan approved. According to an article by Corriere della Sera, the company expects to begin operations from Oct. 15 after seven months of discussions between the Minister of the Economy and the European Commission. The airline will see fresh liquidity injected into the company worth €1.3bn ($1.5bn) over a three-year period.. The initial portion of the cash will be used to…

Trip Report: Flying to Elba in Silver Air’s Let 410

This is Part One of a two-part series about Silver Air and its flights to Elba. Check back on AirlineGeeks for Part Two. More than a year after COVID-19 devastated its health system, apparently Italy is finally awaking after very difficult times with all the restrictions caused by the pandemic.…

Wizz Air Announces New Base At Rome’s Fiumicino Airport

There seems to be no slowing down Hungarian ultra-low-cost carriers Wizz Air’s expansion in Europe to consolidate its position in the marketplace as commercial air transport restarts after the pandemic-driven crisis. Last week, the carrier announced its fifth base in Italy. It will add four new Airbus A321neo aircraft to…

Delta Launches Fully-Tested, Quarantine-Free Flights to Italy

Beginning Sunday, Delta Air Lines customers can use the airline's Covid-19 test-mandatory flights for non-essential travel to Italy without needing to go through the standard quarantine period. As a result, the Atlanta-based airline will expand its offering to cities in Italy, including increased frequencies to Rome and Milan and reinstated…

Future of Alitalia Reaches ‘Crucial’ Stage with European Regulators

Talks between the Italian government and the European Commission (EC) on the future of Alitalia are at a ‘crucial’ stage, according to Bloomberg. The Italian carrier went bankrupt in 2017, and the consortium created to oversee its future strategy, Italia Trasporto Aereo SpA (ITA), has been requested to provide clarity…

European Commission Requests Clarifications On Alitalia Rescue Plan

Ailing Italian flag carrier Alitalia has hit another bump in the process that was set to see the newly-formed state-owned company Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) take over Alitalia's main assets and flight operations and then receive a 3 billion euro ($3.6 billion) fund injection from the country's government. The ITA…

Italy’s Newest Airline Starts Sales, First Flight To Take Place…

Already with eyes on a rolling demand recovery this year, this week Italy's newest airline — EGO Airways — launched its initial network. From March 25, Milan-headquartered EGO Airways will serve six domestic destinations, adding three more from June 4. Tickets are already for sale on the airline's website. In…

Alitalia To Sell Assets To New State-Owned Company

The process to rescue the fledgling Italian flag carrier Alitalia as a state-owned carrier realized a decisive step forward on Oct. 29 when the newly-formed company founded to take over all the activities from the “old Alitalia” was formally registered, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports. The new company is…

Blue Air Announces Italian Expansion

Romania's Blue Air has announced that it will strengthen its strategic position in Italy with new routes and additional flights to Turin, Italy starting September 2020, the airline announced in a press release. The airline is slated to enhance its operations in Italy by deploying an additional aircraft to its…

Italian Authorities Threaten to Ban Ryanair Over COVID-19 Procedures

The largest low-cost carrier in Europe has been told it may face restrictions or even a ban on its flights to Italy should it be found to flout safety rules relating to COVID-19. Irish carrier Ryanair has been specifically mentioned by Italian authorities over its apparent failure to follow rules…