VCE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2624 times:
In this days it's a debate in Italy about the future of Alitalia. Italy is one of the top 3 Europe's market in the sky, but its flag carrier lost the competitiveness and the prestige of once.
On TV i saw yesterday an interesting documentary film about Alitalia, when in the '60s and the '70s Alitalia was a synonymous of efficiency and elegance recognised everywhere.
Then has arrived the '80s and the seasons of the Unions that 'took over' the control of the National flag carrier and seasons of wrong decisions by the management and several strikes.
Two days ago Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has finally announced he's going to follow personally the restructuring plan of Alitalia and he announced that the Government wants now to hasten the process to sell the airline.
The facts the PM showed are really clear: Alitalia lost more than half of its presence in the Italian and world market in the last 15 years due to a strong domestic competitiveness but especially because many foreign airlines were able to take advantage of an unforeseen opportunity. The Italian market represented so a fortune for airlines like LH, AF, BA and KL that are able to offer a vast network of services with an higher efficiency.
VCE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2574 times:
For which airlines Italy represents a priority market?
The list seams to be: LH, KL, AF, BA, IB (?). What's yr opinion?
I didn't mentioned FR that has in Italy its second most important market after the UK..
Jrlander From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2408 times:
To follow up KEESJE, I read somewhere that ATL-MXP is Delta's most profitable transatlantic route. I recently flew JFK-VCE and then FCO-JFK. The Rome flight had a lot of transfer traffic on it. I was really shocked, actually! The JFK-VCE is a really nice flight. That area of Italy is very wealthy, and I'm glad to see a connection from the US to it. And the Venice airport is so nice! I was on the shuttle boat to the islands in a very short amount of time.
VCE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2312 times:
Yes, i agree with both of You, in 2003 the Delta's most profitable transatlantic route it was ATL-MXP.
But it's not only Delta (that it's a partner of AZ) to have profitable routes in Italy. Lufthansa has in the Italian market the second most important after the same German market.
Matt777 From Cayman Islands, joined Oct 2001, 503 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2239 times:
"That area of Italy is very wealthy, and I'm glad to see a connection from the US to it. And the Venice airport is so nice! "
Actually, the region of Veneto is the 5th most rich region of Europe.
After 1st. Lombardy (Italy), 2nd. Piemonte (Italy), 3rd. Ille de France and 4th. Frankfurt Region (name?).
The new terminal is great, new, high-quality, modern, luminous and nice; a good example of the Made in Italy.
This year it is expected a traffic of 6Million pax. A 1.5 increase from last year.
There are plans of an adjacent terminal, starting construction 2006.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33578 posts, RR: 71
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2117 times:
It depends on the market. Some markets are lower-yielding than others, but I'm sure Italy makes airlines money. In the US, five of the six trans-Atlantic carriers fly to Rome.
Trans-Atlantic wise, one of the US-Italy markets problems is lack of premium business traffic. This is why Alitalia's best performing trans-Atlantic routes are New York City and Miami, two markets where there is healthy business travel from Milan. The launch of Washington, D.C. will also probably bring healthy business travel on that market with a lot of political traffic.