As Europe's fourth largest economy and a major exporter, Italy needs an airline and a global one, but the state coffers can't be pilfered forever.
AZ has been in existence for almost 75
years and made an annual operating profit in only one
year during all that time. What is there to suggest that the next 75 years will be any different?
I am Italian and quite tired to pay this disaster of airline with my taxes.
As you just mentioned in your last post, in the entire Alitalia history the airline saw the light just once: when in 1998 AZ CEO Domenico Cempella reported only one year of profit since its foundation in 1946. From 1999 tu 2008 Alitalia was able to reach €3.7 billion net losses.
Politicians in Italy tend to fight about literally everything but there's only one topic that everyone agrees on: helping Alitalia by all means. Why? Too many "good" families involved and too many potential votes at stake.
In 45 year the Italian gov has wasted €12.6 billion , with the same amount of money it could have bought:
1) AFKLM (€1.87)
2) Norwegian (€0.1)
3) Lufthansa (€4.33)
4) SAS (€0.29)
5 Finnair (€0.45)
6) Turkish Airlines (€1.65)
TOTAL = €8,69 billion
Another myth to dispel, overused a lot by politicians and corrupted journalists (it's incredible how media in Italy do not talk about the AZ situation. I have read more about this matter here where I live [Spain] than in the Italian newspapers), is that "AZ is a strategic airline for the entire country". It is not. Absolutely not.
According to ENAC (the Italian National Civil Aviation Authority, so I am not making anything up. You can go check all the data on ENAC's website or I can share some graphs with you), the international market share of the aviation in Italy is divided as follows:
1) Ryanair 22,2%
2) Easyjet 12,6%
3) IAG Group 9,5%
4) Lufhtansa 8,7%
5) Alitalia 8,1%
And I could go on for a long time but I think these info are enough for the time being.