Last flight from Italy's traditional airline Alitalia

Released on 14.10. 2021

  • With the end, the Alitalia brand will also be sold. Photo: Antonio Calanni

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The airline Alitalia was considered the national symbol of Italy. For years she was unable to free herself from her economic crisis. The employees are heading for an uncertain future.

Rome (dpa) – A chapter in Italian aviation history ends this Thursday: the last flight of the Alitalia airline from Sardinia to Rome is scheduled to fly late in the evening.

According to the plan will convert the machine from Cagliari to 14. 10 clock expected at the capital airport Rome-Fiumicino, said an Alitalia spokesman when asked. The line goes out of service with the last flight. The new state airline Italia Trasporto Aereo (Ita) will then take off on Friday. It is considered to be Alitalia’s successor, but according to the EU Commission it is not the “economic successor”. Brussels wants Ita to break with the past of the troubled Alitalia.

After 2002 the traditional airline no longer made a profit. Attempts to get the company back on its feet failed. 2017 it went bankrupt and the Italian state took over. This granted bridging aid in the amount of around 290 million euros – unlawful from the point of view of the competition watchdog in Brussels. During the corona pandemic, Alitalia was dependent on further millions in aid in order to be able to maintain its operations.

The situation around the end of Alitalia and the planned start of Ita repeatedly ensured Displeasure and anger among those more than 10 000 employees. The new company plans with fewer staff, about 2800 employees, and initially 52 machines to go to the start. Many Alitalia employees can no longer be employed there. The result was protests and many canceled flights to the end. With the end, the Alitalia brand will also be sold. Offers for the 290 – million euro offers have not yet come.

With the last flight the 52 – year of the airline ends. According to the company, the first Alitalia plane took off on May 5th 1947 on the route Turin-Rome-Catania . The popes also flew with the airline. On his recent trip to Budapest, Pope Francis mentioned the end of Alitalia in his address to journalists. Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi said in April that he viewed Alitalia as a kind of family, “a somewhat expensive family, but still a family”.

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