Italy Separates New Airline from Alitalia

The EU Commission has reached an agreement with the government in Rome. The ailing Alitalia is economically separated from the new airline ITA.

Brussels The insolvent Italian airline Alitalia and its successor Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) should not belong together. The Italian economics and industry ministers reached an agreement on this with the EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Wednesday evening. The EU Commission and Italy have long been talking about how the transition from Alitalia to the new airline will be regulated.

“After intensive and constructive discussions at all levels, the Commission and Italy have agreed on the most important framework conditions to ensure an economic separation between ITA and Alitalia,” said a spokesman for the agency.

The focus of the discussions was that ITA should be independent from Alitalia so that, among other things, it would not be liable for the state aid that Alitalia had received. That is one of the prerequisites for Brussels to give the new airline the green light. They could not agree beforehand on the point that ITA will take over half of the take-off and landing rights from Alitalia at Milan Linate Airport, the old brand and the customer program.