The Italian government steps in to save a cut-back Alitalia

Apr 04, 2020 949

Under a new government plan to renationalise Alitalia, Italy's national flag carrier is expected to have about 30 aircraft, 3,000 employees and fly mainly short and medium haul routes, with very few long haul services. This will be an Alitalia that looks very much as it did in the late 1950s. 

At present the airline has 113 aircraft, 72 of which are leased and are due to be returned at the end of 2020. Because of the Covid-19 lockdown the airline is currently operating limited flights out of Rome's Fiumicino and Milan's Malpensa airport, with about 270 flights weekly.

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