NW just announced after barely half a year of service, it is dropping its DTW-MXP service, supposedly due to disappointing loads. Now this is sure awfully soon to be dropping service due to that reason...shouldn't that be
say...after 2 years of poor loads...I mean...the market was just opened, give it a chance to pick up!
I am led to believe this move was motivated perhaps at the request of KLM, who broke of an alliance with Alitalia, and it might also signal the canning of the NW/AZ alliance. Currently NW codeshares on scores of AZ flights from both MXP & FCO to other Italian cities and most European cities.
On the bright side, I don't really care for NW, and as a frequent traveler to Italy, hopefully this will prompt another carrier to take over that slot that NW is leaving behind.
Just before posting, I read another release indicating that the MXP aircraft will be used to fly increased frequencies to India---this is likely merely an excuse, as the India expansion was expanded last week.
If any of you have any other comments or speculations, please post.