The appeal of low cost airlines to the government: not only Alitalia, fair rules are needed for everyone

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ROME – Low cost airlines operating in Italy are not there and they are attacking government aid reserved for Alitalia and Italian carriers: “The possibility of accessing the Air Transport Restoration Fund must be extended to all European licensed carriers established in Italy Furthermore, full recognition of the validity of company contracts already signed by air carriers with the most representative trade union organizations is needed “.After the attack by Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s number one that from the pages of the Financial Times has targeted state aid to companies and in particular the rules of the Decree Raise (an ad hoc fund) that support only the Italian airlines, come the proposals of the newly formed Italian Association Low Fares Airlines.

The appeal of low cost airlines to the government: not only Alitalia, fair rules are needed for everyone

Aicalf was formed on May 12 by Blue Air, easyJet, Norwegian, Ryanair, Volotea and Vueling, all airlines representing over 50% of Italian short-haul air traffic, as well as a significant part of long-haul traffic. These carriers joined together also and above all to modify the Relaunch Decree, currently under examination by the Chamber of Deputies and become an “employer” in the negotiations on the employment contracts of mariners in Italy.

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“Our requests are solidly based on the indications of the European Commission which, on several occasions regarding the Covid 19 emergency, reiterated how any state aid should be applicable to all companies based in the territory of the Union, without any type of discrimination “, explains the association in a note,” as reiterated in recent days also by Assoaeroporti and the National Pilots Association, Aicalf hopes that the Italian government will continue to stimulate the restarting of tourism in our country, but protecting the transport sector aircraft as a whole and not a single airline, avoiding adopting protectionist measures with the risk of distorting competition between carriers and returning to a market context of twenty-thirty years ago, with unimaginable losses for the Italy-system towards other European countries “.

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The companies’ thesis is that “over the years low cost airlines have also reached less frequented airports along the Peninsula and have allowed little-known and poorly connected territories to grow economically and to be able to enjoy the positive repercussions that the increase in routes , connectivity at affordable prices have proven to be able to generate. “

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According to the note, “a healthy competitive market is for all to see, it creates the conditions to protect the interests of employees of airlines and the aviation industry as a whole, allowing the aviation sector to play a fundamental role in stimulate the Italian economy, thus ensuring that the damage suffered by Italy for this emergency is as limited as possible over time “. The reference obviously goes to Alitalia and to the over 3 billion euros allocated by the government for its rescue and rebirth, scheduled for next autumn.

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