Alitalia, which has been in bankruptcy protection since 2017 and failed to produce a profit since 2008, will operate its last flight today. It will be replaced by ITA starting tomorrow.
A strike by unhappy employees has led to the cancellation of more than 100 flights this week.
Alitalia issued this statement:
For Monday, October 11, some trade unions proclaimed a 24-hour strike of Air Transport. Alitalia was therefore forced to cancel a series of flights, both domestic and international, scheduled for that day.
As a result of the flight cancellations on 11 October due to the 24-hour strikes, the Company was also forced to cancel some connections on 10 and 12 October 2021.
To limit the inconvenience of passengers, Alitalia has activated an extraordinary plan that provides for the use of more capacious aircraft on domestic and international routes, with the aim of rebooking travelers involved in cancellations on the first flights available on the day.
Alitalia invites all travelers who have purchased a ticket to fly on October 11 – and also on the evening of October 10 and in the early morning of October 12 – to check the status of their flight, before going to the airport, on the alitalia.com website, by calling the toll-free number 800.65.00.55 (from Italy) or the number +39.06.65649 (from abroad), or by contacting the travel agency where they purchased the ticket.
Passengers who have purchased an Alitalia ticket to travel on 11 October (and also on the evening of 10 and in the early morning of 12 October), in case of cancellation of their flight, will be able to change their reservation or request a refund of the ticket without any penalty until 14 October 2021. The trip must be completed by October 14, 2021.
And this statement:
We inform you that due to the current union mobilizations and the simultaneous commitment to professional training at the new airline of part of the crew may occur inconveniences in the provision of Alitalia services.
We also advise passengers to present themselves at boarding with only one hand luggage of the size allowed to contain the waiting time for return to their destination and to check the status of the flight on alitalia.com before going to the airport.
We apologize to passengers for any inconvenience caused.
The last flight is scheduled to operate from Cagliari, Sardinia to Rome (Fiumicino).
ITA will not, for now, use the Alitalia name. An auction to sell the name ended with no bids. ITA stated the starting price was too high.
ITA is the not the economic successor to Alitalia as it will not be encumbered with Alitalia’s debt.
There are also a lot of disgruntled Alitalia employees who have not been hired by ITA.
From the Wall Street Journal via MarketWatch:
Alitalia aircraft slide show: