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Reuters reporting that Alitalia will indeed be nationalised due to no interested buyers.17 Mar 2020
The European Union will be powerless to stop nationalisation as the governments will ignore the EU and look after their own interests and workforces.
“Italian Government Set To Take Control Of Alitalia,” (Simple Flying 16-3-20)
Fully agree. Which is why Europe will never be fully united. When the merde hits the fan, countries all look after their own self interests.18 Mar 2020
Indeed there was. I had a ticket booked with them from Accra to Milan on 4th April. They went into liquidation some weeks back now, well before COVID-19 became an issue. They assured all ticket holders that we would get a full refund but not received anything yet.18 Mar 2020
Given the exceptional circumstances and the hardship that letting the airline(s) go under at this time, I think a loan is appropriate. It should be stipulated that it be paid back, however unrealistic, in the case of AZ, that might be.18 Mar 2020
Alitalia is to be nationalised and relaunched as a much smaller airline. The “new” Alitalia will have only about 30 aircraft and about 3000 employees, at least initially. This means that it it will end up a quarter(25%) the size of the present airline, down from 113 aircraft and 11000 employees. Naturally enough the unions are not happy, but to assuage the effect the unions are being offered a seat on the new board. There is no indication, as yet, to the operations and destinations that will be offered, long-haul or short-haul. One would expect there to be services to the Italian diaspora which means essentially the USA and Argentina. Also I would expect them to serve the domestic and European routes which have the densest traffic and are the most prestigious (e.g. Paris, London, Brussels, Frankfurt et al). Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling, Air Dolomiti are expected to devour the rest of the Alitalia network.
“The new Alitalia public company will be much smaller, with only 25-30 aircraft”, (Aviation24.be 24-3-20)
“Air Dolomiti aims to double the size of its fleet”, (Aviation24.be 20-8-19)25 Mar 2020