ROME, ITALYOn August 18, Italian civil aviation regulator ENAC cleared the country's new flag carrier ITA for commercial operations, which replaced long-struggling Alitalia.
ENAC announced that it had issued an air operator’s certificate (AOC) to the new airline, authorizing it to start operations from October 15th and sell tickets.

“ITA can take off,” said ENAC President Pierluigi Di Palma in a statement.

The upcoming launch of Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA)caps multiple state rescues of loss-making, legacy carrier Alitalia and dragged-out negotiations with the European Commission over bailout funds.

“The hope is that the new… company will contribute to the restart of the sector, contributing in a decisive way to overcome the difficulties arising from the pandemic crisis,” Di Palma added.

ITA’s scheduled debut comes amid serious challenges for the airline since the industry was smashed during the coronavirus pandemic. Especially larger carriers already struggle to compete against low-cost airlines during this crisis.