Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Easyjet Rome-Milan decision a 'milestone' for competition

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Rome, October 26 - Low-cost airline EasyJet on
Friday hailed a decision by the Italian competition authority
AGCM to award it the rights to fly on the key route between Rome
and Milan, describing its as a ''milestone'' for the free
market.
Until now Italy's flagship carrier Alitalia has had the
monopoly on services between the country's political capital and
its financial and economic centre.
''EasyJet is proud to have obtained the rights to operate
on the Milan Linate- Rome-Fiumicino route,'' said Italy country
director Frances Ouseley.
''This decision represents a milestone for the free market
as it favours customers first and foremost,'' she continued.
''EasyJet has proved again and again that entering a new
market means bringing in competition, lowering fares and
enabling more people to travel on the route. We look forward to
welcoming passengers onboard when we start to operate".
The decision to award the low-cost carrier rights on the
Rome-Milan route comes after ACGM found there to be ''a lack of
proper competition between rail and air transport'' and that
Alitalia was running a monopoly.
The authority ordered the Italian flag carrier to give up
seven of its slots.
EasyJet has said it will operate five services a day
between the two airports from early 2013.

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