(ANSA) – ROME, OCTOBER 01 – “There is nothing to block the take-off of Ita from October 15 from an operational point of view”, says President Alfredo Altavilla, explaining that today at 5 pm the need for pilots and flight attendants “, and that” in the coming days “” the recruitment of ground staff “will also be completed.
“I would be a wild fool, – he continues – disrespectful of taxpayers’ money, if I said that Ita can survive as a stand-alone operator. Ita’s destiny is to be integrated into one of the large groups, but to be integrated on equal terms with the others of the alliance and not, as happened in the past to Alitalia, treated as if it were the poor relative “. “It is – he explains – what we are saying to the potential partners with whom we are talking: we need respect for the fact that we are the flag carrier, respect for the hubs of Fiumicino and Linate, equal dignity in the management of the routes”.
Finally to Michael O’Leary CEO of Ryanair: “up to now he has been our best advertiser because he talks a lot about us and is making the name Ita known”. And the Alitalia brand? The evaluation of the Alitalia brand as an auction base is “unrealistic”, it “makes the investment uneconomical”. (HANDLE).
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