Today, Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) received an air operator certificate from Italy’s air regulator ENAC that cleared the airline to take off on October 15, 2021.
ITA is becoming the new “flag” carrier of Italy, while the parts of Alitalia are auctioned off. According to the Italian press, the new ITA may end up licensing the name Alitalia.
You can access Alitalia here (cannot find a website for ITA yet)
It is unclear what happens to the tickets that Alitalia continues to sell flights past October 14, 2021, when it no longer operates them. According to the deal with the EU, the new airline cannot simply take these tickets over.
The Italian government may end up either refunding the tickets or endorsing them on other airlines, such as the new Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) that could be trading using the Alitalia name. Confusing right? There are 250,000 to 300,000 tickets sold by Alitalia past the date it operates.
Announcement from ENAC (Google translate from Italian):
Press release n. 53/2021
ITA can take off: ENAC issues the air operator certificate and the air transport license to the new national company
ENAC, the National Civil Aviation Authority, issued today 18 August 2021, the Air Operator Certificate (COA) and the Air Transport Operating License to the company ITA (Italy Transport Air).
“ITA can take off – declared the President of the National Civil Aviation Authority, State Lawyer Pierluigi Di Palma. The hope is that the new national reference company will contribute to the restart of the sector, making a decisive contribution to overcoming the difficulties deriving from the pandemic crisis. ENAC will continue in its institutional and technical task to ensure the operational start-up of ITA, ensuring compliance with public interests and the rights of passengers which are essential elements of the air transport business. ”
Alessio Quaranta, Director General of ENAC, also points out that “The issue of the AOC certifies that the airline possesses the professional capacity and business organization necessary to ensure the operation of its aircraft in safe conditions. The aircraft operator license constitutes the final provision relating to the legal-administrative and economic-financial, as well as technical-operational checks.
With the possession of the AOC and the aircraft operator license, the company can start the sale of tickets “.
The debt is left with the “old” Alitalia, while the new ITA (Italia Trasporto Aereo) may rent the name of Alitalia for several years.
The only difference between this and Alitalia’s previous four/five reboots is that all the employees are under new contracts, and part of the operations are sold.
The new ITA cannot buy the loyalty program of Alitalia called MilleMiglia. Still, the purchaser of MilleMiglia may later sell it to ITA that could be trading using the name Alitalia.
It seems that this is an “Italian” solution to continuing the Alitalia under ITA. I wonder if they have new ticket stock (055 is Alitalia) and a two-letter IATA code (AZ is Alitalia’s)?