Italy waves goodbye to its flagship company Alitalia when it takes off for the last time today after 74 years in business.
The last flight, from Rome to Cagliari, will signal the end of the company’s financially troubled history.
Over the past 20 years, Alitalia has cost the Italian state around € 13 billion. The Corona pandemic proved to be a fatal blow to the company.
Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) has taken over the company but will employ only 2,800 of its employees.
Thousands of other Alitalia employees are facing unemployment.
On Monday, workers demonstrated in Rome to demand government support.
ITA will be wholly owned by the Italian government and will start with a fleet of 52 aircraft, with the number of aircraft rising to 105 by the end of 2025.