The new Alitalia takes shape in times of crisis
In the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, the Italian government has decided to renationalise the airline Alitalia. Considering that Alitalia was facing an acute liquidity crisis due to the crisis caused by COVID-19, a presidential decree was issued to inject 500 million euros in the form of emergency funds.
Italian political parties support this expensive operation under the pretext of maintaining a national airline, operating in the interest of the country in emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The new Alitalia takes shape
The first details about the new Alitalia began to appear. The first rumors from government sources suggest that Alitalia will be a much smaller carrier, with a maximum of 25-30 aircraft, and the focus will be on short and medium flights. There will be a limited number of long-courier services. But the Rome government categorically rejected these rumors.
And yet some information published in the Italian press shows that the new Alitalia will have a small fleet, with a maximum of 70 aircraft. I should mention that there are currently 113 aircraft in the Italian carrier fleet. Out of which 72 are rented and paid monthly more than EUR 19 million. By the end of 2020, Alitalia's fleet will reach 103 aircraft and the fleet depletion process will continue.
Currently, Alitalia operates a limited domestic and international program from the hubs of Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa. It intends to increase the number of weekly flights to 608 starting April 6. There are currently 269 weekly flights operated.
Obviously, the number of employees will be reduced. Currently, 6860 employees (over 50% of all employees) have been passed into technical unemployment. I receive 80% of my salary due to additional government subsidies.
In early April, the Italian government will unite to discuss the fate of employees for the new Alitalia. Their number will be reduced significantly from the approximately 11000 existing ones.
For Alitalia, the new COVID-19 brings "only joy"!