Italy’s largest airline, Alitalia, will make its last flight this Thursday and will cease to exist due to bankruptcy.
The last Alitalia flight from Sardinia is expected to land at Rome Fiumicino Airport at 21:10 (GMT), according to local media. The aircraft will be piloted by Andrea Gioia, one of Italy’s most experienced civil aviation pilots, who has worked at the company since 1989 and has accumulated some 15,000 flight hours.
In 2017, Alitalia went bankrupt and was placed in the hands of special administrators. Likewise, restrictions on air travel due to the coronavirus exacerbated the airline’s problems. The company stopped selling tickets on August 25.
For its part, Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA), a state company, will become the first airline in the country as of October 15 and will replace Alitalia.
- Alitalia, the 75-year-old Italian national airline based in Fiumicino, Italy, is the 19th largest airline in the world and operates 94 destinations. Alitalia’s fleet has 83 aircraft.