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Finish of an Period for Alitalia

Alitalia Airways, one of many largest worldwide model names out of Europe and Italy’s nationwide airline for 75 years, stopped taking reservations on Tuesday night time and plans to shutter on October 15.

The information has been recognized for some time as Alitalia has struggled financially for many years, and was put into state administration in 2017.


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The Italian authorities has created a fund of 100 million euros to reimburse clients of the airline. It comes after the nation agreed to a bailout take care of the European Union to create a brand new debt-free firm that will take over Alitalia’s belongings.

The brand new nationwide airline shall be generally known as ITA (Italia Trasporto Aereo) which is able to begin promoting tickets starting August 26 and can begin flying on October 15.

Based on Euronews, ITA will purchase 52 of Alitalia’s plane alongside its airport slots and different belongings. It plans to function flights to locations together with New York, Boston, Miami, Tokyo and quite a few European cities from airports in Rome and Milan. There are plans for the airline to slowly develop its fleet to 105 planes by 2025.

Alitalia was created on September 16, 1946, however didn’t turn out to be extra well-known worldwide till 1963 when it turned the de facto airline of alternative for the Papacy in Rome. That’s when Pope Paul VI started his 15-year tenure as the pinnacle of the Catholic Church and started taking his message far past the Vatican.

All totaled, in nearly 58 years, Alitalia has taken 4 popes to 171 totally different nations.

Paul VI took 9 worldwide journeys with Alitalia. Pope Saint John Paul II took a complete of 104 worldwide journeys with the airline. His successor, Pope Benedict XVI, took 24 journeys with Alitalia, whereas present Pope Francis has to this point taken 33 with the airline, with the 34th journey to Hungary and Slovakia deliberate for Sept. 12-15.


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