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ROME  Italia's new flag carrier Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA), which will replace Alitalia, is set to begin operations in April 2021 with half size of its predecessor’s fleet, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports.




ITA will operate 52 aircraft (43 narrowbody jets, nine widebody jets) as a start. The airline will serve more than 60 domestic and international destinations. Alitalia was operating 100 aircraft before the pandemic. ITA aims to reach this number by 2025.


The main hub would continue to be Rome Fiumicino International Airport.


The airline needs now approval from the Italian government and the European Commission will. Italian government signed an air transport decree to establish a new national airline to replace Alitalia in December. 


Alitalia had been unprofitable for years and had gone under extraordinary administration in 2017.


The country has already spent more than 10 billion euros in the previous bankruptcies and will throw in another three to get ITA – Italia Trasporto Aereo off the ground. The Alitalia name is supposedly retired, and the membership in the SkyTeam is uncertain.

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