Italy Air Transport (Ita) warms up the engines and prepares to take another step towards the take-off expected for October 15th. On Monday, August 16, the test flight to obtain the Air Operator Certificate (Coa) is scheduled, a necessary step for the company that will have to take the place of Alitalia to start selling its tickets. Start-up that could take place next week, perhaps as early as the days following the test flight.
According to Corriere della Sera, which cites ministerial sources, the first tickets of the new public company that will take over from Alitalia will be on sale from 18 August, except for hitches, on a provisional website and with routes starting from 15 October, day in which the actual take-off is expected.
On the dossier, however, some nodes remain that create uncertainty, from the risk of times slipping to the issue of tickets sold by the old company. Tickets are a hot knot. In recent days, the controversy has broken out over the fact that the old Alitalia continues to sell tickets on its website even for flights after 15 October, when it will cease operations coinciding with the take-off of Ita. This aroused the immediate “irritation” of the new company, while the explanation came from circles close to the old company: the closure of the sales of flights is subject to the effective marketing of the tickets by Italia Transport Aereo.
A position not shared by Ita, however, which just a couple of days ago returned to the subject to clarify that the two things are in no way related. A situation that risks creating uncertainty among travelers wishing to buy a flight for next autumn. Even if the Mise has immediately ensured that the purchasers of tickets for flights after 15 October “will be protected” and to this end there is a 100 million ticket fund to reimburse travelers.
Consumers, however, rose up and Codacons turned to the Antitrust and Enac asking them to “open an urgent investigation into Alitalia in light of the possible case of unfair commercial practice. Still today and despite next October 15, Alitalia will cease its own activities to pass the baton to the new company Ita, the company continues to sell tickets for flights after 15 October through its own channels “.
“All this – according to Codacons – without providing adequate and correct information to traveler buyers who are often unaware of this handover”. In the meantime, a certain concern begins to spread about the risk that Ita’s departure may be delayed, with the unions asking for clarity and appealing to the government to start a confrontation as soon as possible.
In fact, there are still no calls for tenders, starting with the one for the brand, in addition to the formalization, by the EU Commission, of the substantial green light for Ita operations announced on 15 July last. Fears about which circles close to the Alitalia dossier have reassured in recent days, specifying that neither the Mise nor the commissioners are late with the fulfillment of the formal acts to proceed as soon as the final decision of the EU Commission is issued.