About Volare/KLM debacle:
Volare is surely in a stronger situation than ever before, but just because they moved main scheduled operations from MXP to LIN. MXP is simply too far to be attractive for businessman heading from/to Milan who needs fast connections and nearness to the city. LIN can't handle big aircraft nor cannot be expanded (rwys, new bigger terminals, etc) due to its positioning, close to the city but also sorrounded by houses and MORE IMPORTANT by the Idroscalo, the '20 waterport for idros wich today is our "sea". MXP was needed due to the pressure for interncontinental connection (especially with North America), and during the '80 Alitalia sought after it a major possibility to develop a strong intercontinental and profitable network (remember that the big part of intercont flights to FCO are full of tourist from Asia and N America who hardly fill business/first class seats). MXP proved to be uncomfortable for both passenger and airlines (45 minutes away while LIN is only 15' from downtown, and situation is worst for people who lives in the eastern zone of Milan and nearby towns), even if its quite simple to go through the inside (only 1 terminal for scheduled flights simplify everything, and the layout is almost OK) and it's not that crap everyone who's not been there believe. But money are more important for airlines than anything else, so Volare moved to LIN because they mainly serve Italian routes, for wich having a close-to-the-city airport is more suited than a 45km-away hub (from LIN with 1 you can get to downtown, while from MXP you need about 7). But LIN has been banned to serve connection routes towards internation hubs (FRA, AMS, CDG, LHR and so on) to keep MXP free of a deadly concurrent (many prefer actually to fly with LH, KL, AF from LIN and get to other hub rather than go till MXP and fly AZ). The moral? Volare is satisfied of LIN operations and hardly will change to an all-MXP service to feed for KLM or someone else, when other airlines can caught up the vacuum they left in LIN. If they'll have the possibility to offer feeder routes from LIN they'll be happy to do that, otherwise I think they'll leave things the way they are, and KLM will seek for other partners. If they decide to turn ops to MXP, well, best of luck, they'll remain anyway my fav Italian carrier. Anyway seems that KLM has almost the deal...
Just my thought, and sorry if I went a bit off-topic
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