Italian bankrupt national airline makes last flight after 74 turbulent years

Last call for Alitalia: Italy’s bankrupt national airline makes last flight after 74 turbulent years

  • The last Alitalia flight was AZ1586 from Cagliari landing at 11pm tonight
  • Italy’s flag carrier will be replaced on Friday by ITA, Italy Air Transport
  • ITA becomes a slimmed-down airline with just a quarter of Alitalia’s 10,000 employees
  • Workers have been organizing strikes and protests over their treatment in recent weeks










Italy’s bankrupt national airline Alitalia made its last flight today before formally shutting down after 74 turbulent years of business, marking the end of an era.

A flight attendant at Rome’s Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci Airport thanked passengers for their loyalty before boarding flight AZ1581 to Cagliari, Sardinia.

Alitalia’s last scheduled flight was the return from Cagliari, flight AZ1586, which was scheduled to land at 11 p.m. on Thursday.

Alitalia, which has been operating in the red for more than a decade, will be replaced by a new national carrier, ITA or Italy Air Transport, which kicks off on Friday.

Italy’s bankrupt national airline Alitalia made its last flight today before formally shutting down after 74 turbulent years of business, marking the end of an era

A flight attendant at Rome's Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci Airport thanked passengers for their loyalty before boarding flight AZ1581 to Cagliari, Sardinia.

A flight attendant at Rome’s Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci Airport thanked passengers for their loyalty before boarding flight AZ1581 to Cagliari, Sardinia.

The European Union’s executive committee has given the green light to an injection of 1.35 billion euros ($1.58 billion) of government funding into the new airline, but the ITA only plans to fund about a quarter of Alitalia’s estimated 10,000. to hire employees.

In recent weeks, Alitalia workers have staged strikes and protests denouncing their treatment and what for many was just the latest episode after years of crises.

They doubted the new airline’s viability, saying its downsized size, workforce, routes and fleet were presumably intended to make it attractive for a foreign airline to buy.

In recent weeks, Alitalia workers have staged strikes and protests denouncing their treatment and what for many was just the latest episode after years of crises.

In recent weeks, Alitalia workers have staged strikes and protests denouncing their treatment and what for many was just the latest episode after years of crises.

Alitalia employees have protested their treatment after it was announced that the replacement for national carrier ITA would be a downsized airline, hiring just a quarter of its 10,000 staff

Alitalia employees have protested their treatment after it was announced that the replacement for national carrier ITA would be a downsized airline, hiring just a quarter of its 10,000 staff

An Alitalia employee protests at Rome's Fiumicino airport today as the airline's last flights depart before the company formally closes

An Alitalia employee protests at Rome’s Fiumicino airport today as the airline’s last flights depart before the company formally closes

Union leader Antonio Amoroso told the Foreign Press Association on Thursday that it was “a failed plan from an industrial point of view that does not serve the country, does not serve the community, which is hugely charged, that seriously affects the workers.”

Among its routes, ITA plans to operate flights to New York from Milan and Rome, and to Tokyo, Boston and Miami from Rome.

European destinations from Rome and Milan’s Linate Airport also include Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt and Geneva.

Alitalia employees gathered outside Rome's Fiumicino airport today to protest the closure of Italy's flag carrier

Alitalia employees gathered outside Rome’s Fiumicino airport today to protest the closure of Italy’s flag carrier

Alitalia, which has been operating in the red for more than a decade, will be replaced by a new national carrier, ITA or Italy Air Transport, which kicks off on Friday.

Alitalia, which has been operating in the red for more than a decade, will be replaced by a new national carrier, ITA or Italy Air Transport, which kicks off on Friday.

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