Here you go:
"P.S. re the Milan hubbing debacle, that decision was a blatant attempt by the Italian government to favour Alitalia by insisting that all foreign carriers use Malpensa (a crappy half-finished white elephant 40km from town, and at that time without proper highway or rail connections to Milan) while AZ
could continue to use Linate. The EU ruled, perfectly properly, that the Common Aviation market prohibited this restriction, and permitted all carriers to operate routes in LIN
that had more than 1 million (or was it 3 million, I forget) per year."
Let's not consider the comment about MXP
(Have you ever seen LIN
?) and the highway (There's been a highway between D'town Milan and MXP
since 1990. It has just been expanded in 1999).
What you said about what the EU ruled is simply wrong.
The Italian government proposed to keep at LIN
routes with more than 2 million pax/year. At that time (and I believe even today) only the Milan-Rome route met that requirement.
The Milan-Rome route could be freely operated by ANY european carrier.
Other european airlines argued. They complained about the fact that AZ
could feed its FCO
hub from LIN
and other airlines could not.
That would have been reasonable if AZ
had plenty of long-haul destinations from FCO
. Look where AZ
flies out of FCO
and tell me if you can call that a hub.
moved basically all of its long-haul flights from FCO
at that time.
So there was no hub to feed in FCO
Of course the EU and its transport minister/BA consultant forced the Italian government to not apply that regulation.
The agreement that was reached was the following:
Airlines could keep 34% of the existing flights at LIN
and move the remaining 66% to MXP
That has been in effect until April 19, 2000.
was the only airline hit by that. Why?
couldn't be launched as the hub it was supposed to be.
had to give up most of its LON-PAR-FRA
and other european flights from LIN
(AZ chose to keep most of its 34% for the FCO
flights). Therefore it couldn't properly compete with its european competitors.
- Other european airlines could increase their flights to their main hubs. i.e.: LH
used to fly 5x daily the LIN
. Giving up its other destinations from LIN
they could increase up to 6x daily.
What you said about the 1-million (or even worse 3-million) limit was wrong.
Hey, everybody makes mistakes. But don't come on this forum and address people on the aviation market rules when you don't even know the real facts. Facts that are not even confidential and could be instead found with a quick research. I'm sorry, but I call that BS
. And again, no hard feelings!
When I don't know the facts, I just avoid to post and address other people on which airlines should be in business and which ones should not.