Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Alitalia antitrust ruling 'could bring down prices 30%'

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Rome, October 25 - A ruling by Italy's antitrust
authority that flagship carrier Alitalia must give up its
exclusive on the Rome-Milan route could bring ticket prices down
by as much as 30%, consumer group Federconsumatori said on
Friday.
The ruling to open seven slots on the Rome Fiumicino-Milan
Linate route to competitor airline EasyJet was announced on
Thursday and overturns an ad hoc legislative decree that amended
the suspended antitrust laws in 2008.
"This is an important decision for numerous passengers who,
up until yesterday, were unjustly forced into paying
higher-than-necessary prices," Federconsumatori said.
The 2008 legislative decree allowed Alitalia to keep its
position in an attempt to salvage its leading position in the
Italian market and repay a government bridge loan of 300 million
euros to the then almost insolvent carrier.
The airline said last April that it lost 2 million
passengers and 50% of its earnings in the space of three years
as a result of high-speed rail companies like the Frecciarossa.
The slots apply especially to "peak transit hours in the
morning and evening," the antitrust authority said.

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