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Air Italy: farewell to Olbia airport

A story that began 55 years ago with Alisarda ends

After 55 years of flights from Olbia, first as Alisarda and then as Meridiana, the leadership of Air Italy has decided to abandon the "Costa Smeralda" airport, which has always been the driving force of the carrier's economy. The main and only base will become that of the Milan-Malpensa airport from where airplanes will take off for increasingly intercontinental routes rather than for short-medium range flights, which have made the "fortune" of the former Meridiana. The problem with this decision is that pilots and flight attendants could be fired or transferred to Milan, creating economic and social damage to the families of Air Italy employees.

The issue of workers was put on the negotiating table for the new territorial continuity even by the Chief Operating Officer Rossen Dimitrov, who proposed 500 layoffs if Alitalia had not taken a step back on the decision to operate on the Olbia-Rome and Olbia-Milan routes without receive compensation. Perhaps, however, this decision -the trade unions say- would have been taken anyway, because the objective of the owner of 49% of the shares of Air Italy -Qatar Airways- has for some time been turning its attention to Milan to transform the company into a long-range oriented carrier.

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