The Italian national carrier had announced in September that it would stop issuing tickets and now… went down in history and officially.
After 74 years in the air and having served billions of passengers, the legendary Italian airline Alitalia made its last flight, with passengers and staff to “say goodbye” full of emotion.
For the past 20 years, Alitalia has been facing huge financial problems and has cost the Italian government around € 13 billion. The latest calculations reported a loss of € 700,000… per day and the coronavirus confirmed a prescribed fee.
The company that will take its place will be called Italy Trasporto Aereo (ITA) and will keep only 2,800 employees, while about 7,000 will be unemployed, who held a protest rally seeking the support of the Italian Government.
The road is not paved with rose petals for Italy Trasporto Aereo either, which is looking for an investor: “I am looking for a deal that will be completed by the end of 2022. I definitely do not want to go beyond that,” the ITA chief told Bloomberg. knows that competition from low cost airlines (Ryanair, EasyJet, Wizz Air) will be fierce.
The Italian national carrier had announced in September that it would stop issuing tickets and now… went down in history and officially. The last flight was the 180-passenger Airbus 320 that landed at Fiumicino Airport, with the pilot excited to say goodbye to the company with the “arrivederci Alitalia grazie” and the passengers applauding.