AF Cabin Crew From French Polynesia, joined Sep 1999, 1044 posts, RR: 32 Posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1105 times:
Also in the March 2000 issue of "Airline Business" was an article on KLM, Alitalia and Malpensa airport of Milan.
I Quote :
"KLM Chief Financial Officer Rob Abrahamsen has given alliance partner Alitalia three months to complete its long-planned move from Milan's Linate airport to its new malpensa hub. Should Alitalia fail to meet the deadline, KLM could dissolve the alliance between the two carriers."
Can anyone comment on that or have any inside information about the KLM-Alitalia Alliance.
LJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4809 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1026 times:
I don't have inside information, but I've heard from some airline analists that this threat isn't to be taken seriously. It's not the first time KLM is threatning to leave an airport if a government doesn't help the airline. I remember the debate which was going on in the Netherlands about the futere of Schiphol Airport. KLM said it would leave the airport if KLM didn't get unlimited acces (or growth potential) to the airport. This didn't happen and KLM still flies from Schiphol.
My advice, don't pay to much attention to a threat from either KLM, Northwest Airlines or Alitalia. It's all a game between the airlines and the authorities. Furthermore, realise that if KLM loses Alitalia, KLM would be getting a lot of problems (as Air France would be glad to pick Alitalia in its alliance and this would create an very strong competitor for KLM).