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Alitalia: April drop in passengers due mostly to route restructuring

Alitalia: April drop in passengers due mostly to route restructuring

The sharp decline in the number of passengers traveling on Alitalia during April was principally due to a reduction in the number of flights from Milan's Malpensa as well as a drop in reservations following the collapse of talks with Air France-KLM, Alitalia said in a statement Tuesday.
The Association of European Airlines reported last week that passenger traffic on struggling Alitalia had plummeted 26 percent in April.
Alitalia said that was mostly due to the airline's own restructuring of routes for the summer schedule, downgrading Malpensa from its status as an Alitalia hub and rerouting flights through Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport. The airline noted that passenger traffic at the Rome airport was up 25 percent in April and 32 percent in May.
Alitalia said reservations have been increasing in recent weeks, and that in the future any net losses in passengers will correspond to the reduction in routes and flights.
The Alitalia statement also noted that bank Intesa Sanpaolo had begun its work seeking a buyer for the struggling airline, and had "several options." It did not go into details.
The fate of the airline has been unclear since Air France withdrew its offer for Alitalia following a deadlock with unions and political opposition. Premier Silvio Berlusconi's government has drawn up new guidelines for the sale, and tapped Intesa Sanpaolo as its adviser.
Alitalia shares have been suspended from trading indefinitely because the new rules allow the government to find a buyer without keeping the market updated on the state of the talks.


Updated : 2021-06-20 09:41 GMT+08:00