Alitalia will no longer fly from Malpensa from next October 1st. The last two flights of the company, which connect the airport of the province of Varese to Rome Fiumicino, will in fact be canceled and, as it appears at this moment, not even rescheduled by Linate.
This is what we learn from airport environments. It is the first time since the inauguration of the moorland airport in 1948 that the national airline would remain without flights from Malpensa.
«I regret the news that from October Alitalia will cancel flights between Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino. The so-called national airline therefore chooses to cancel the connections between the capital and the main airport of Lombardy and Northern Italy. A bad choice that does not reconcile with the huge state aid, paid also by the taxes of the Lombards, collected over the years by the company. I hope for a rethinking: this disengagement is emblematic and unacceptable ”. The Councilor for Infrastructures, Transport and Sustainable Mobility of Lombardy, Claudia Terzi, comments on the news concerning the interruption of Alitalia flights between Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino starting from October 1st.
On the other hand, Dario Balotta, president of ONLIT (National Observatory for infrastructure and transport liberalization), takes the opposite opinion: “With taxpayers’ money, keep three Milanese airports connected with Rome Fiumicino (Malpensa, Linate and Orio al Serio) as already done by Alitalia it would be too much ». And he adds: «The decision to cancel Malpensa is the only reasonable thing Alitalia has done in recent years. Not only because the carrier no longer has its own base and flights from the moorland airport but also because it would thus feed the low-cost traffic of the airport which has now passed from Hub to a point-to-point base ». And he closes: «The fact that Alitalia is perpetually subsidized by the state does not justify filling coefficients at ridiculous levels. The only chance he still has to get a risky green light from the European Union. It is now presumable that the scissoring will involve other economically unsustainable routes and airports ».