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.