Such as talks between the Italian government and the European Commission stalled over the planned launch Alitalia (THAT, Roma Fiumicino) successor ITA – Italian Air TransportThe country’s Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, has reiterated his hopes that the new state-owned aircraft carrier will be launched before summer.
He told reporters on April 8 that it was imperative the ITA had to survive without state subsidies. However, echoing comments that have been expressed in local media, he also expressed frustration at how Brussels and EU executive vice president Margrethe Vestager recently turned green additional French state aid to Air France (FROM, Paris CDG) while still playing hard with Roma.
“It is clear that we cannot accept the difference in treatment by the commission compared to Air France or LufthansaEven though we know that the conditions of the three companies are very different, ”he said, according to the Il Messaggero newspaper. “If there is a reason to treat Alitalia worse than Air France, we will investigate it, and we will not accept arbitrary discrimination.”
Claudio Tarlazzi, secretary general of the Uiltrasporti transport union, and national secretary Ivan Viglietti built on earlier comments condemning the European Commission’s stance by releasing a statement on April 7 warning of “impending social and economic tragedy of national significance” if Alitalia collapses.
“The government is obliged and obliged to intervene, must summon social partners and reject the extortion dictatorship. […] Vestager and ensure that impartial measures are adopted with respect to what is laid down for France and Germany, “said the leaders of the union. “ITA must depart immediately with an initial fleet that is at least double that set in the industry plan, along with ground handling, maintenance, Milan Linate slots, and brands. This has to happen now before it’s too late. “
As previously reported, the European Commission has insisted that if Alitalia is to transform into a more streamlined and nationalized ITA, it will have to generate many of its assets and slots, particularly those in Linate. The Italian government considers this slot an important part of the new company’s future strategy.
Linate’s slots are 70% in flag bearers’ hands, and Brussels would like to see this cut to 35% by selling them to competitors, La Repubblica reports. A compromise might emerge where ITA takes up about 40% of the total, sources told the newspaper.