an Airbus A330 Alitalia in flight demonstration (Photo: Alitalia)

Ciao Alitalia! On August 18, the Italian civil aviation authority ENAC officially gave the green light to ITA (Italia Trasporto Aereo) to operate airlines and sell tickets. ENAC has indeed granted an air operator’s certificate to the new entity which replaces Alitalia.

Also, Alitalia has announced that it will stop selling tickets for any flight as of 15 October. Passengers holding a ticket for a flight after this date have the option of changing their departure or receiving a refund. Alitalia will be sending e-mail instructions

to customers who have purchased flights departing on or after October 15. There is obviously no possibility of transferring a flight from Alitalia to ITA.

According to the strategic plan approved by the Italian authorities, ITA will start its career with a fleet of 52 aircraft – including 7 long-haul aircraft. In 2022, however, the fleet will grow to 78 aircraft, including 13 long-haul aircraft.

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2025, ITA will have 105 aircraft, including 23 long-haul aircraft. 81 of these aircraft will be of the latest generation, reducing the environmental impact of flights.

ITA Italia Trasporto AereoA model of aircraft in ITA’s colours (Photo: DR)

ITA, a smaller network than Alitalia

According to the strategic plan, ITA will serve 45 destinations during the IATA winter season of 2021/2022. These will be offered from Rome-Fiumicino, its central hub, and Milan-Linate. Both airports will be connected to major European destinations (including Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Frankfurt, London, Munich, Nice, Paris-Orly and CDG or Zurich). It will also operate connections to North Africa and the Middle East.

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But only Fiumicino will benefit from a substantial long-haul network. It will include flights to New York-JFK, Boston, Miami and Tokyo-Haneda. However, the company will operate a route between Milan and New York. For the summer of 2022, the carrier has already announced to land in Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and Washington DC. The company also plans to add Luxembourg and Marseille in French-speaking Europe in 2022. Finally, ITA will serve 21 airports in Italy from Rome and Milan.

ITA has opened a temporary online site for ticket sales

. It is in Italian and English.

The company’s strategic plan foresees that in 2025, ITA should serve 74 destinations through 89 routes from Milan-Linate and Rome-Fiumicino.

For the record, Alitalia has a fleet of 95 aircraft, carrying nearly 20 million passengers per year

in 2019 to around 100 destinations.