Alitalia re-born with smaller network; drops six EU capitals among 30 cities no longer served; now controls over 50% of domestic capacity

The re-launch of Alitalia as a fully-privatised company finally happened this week. The ‘new’ entity consists of a downsized ‘old’ Alitalia combined with Air One and Volareweb. The Volareweb website already re-directs straight to Alitalia’s homepage.

The airline has revealed that a new joint network will serve a total of 70 destinations, of which 23 are within Italy. However, nowhere on either airline’s website is there a simple overview timetable revealing the new schedule or destinations retained.

Around 30 foreign cities dropped since last winter

According to OAG for next month Alitalia (including Air One, Alitalia Express and Volareweb) are flying to 72 destinations. Clearly some information regarding the new schedule has not yet been passed on. A comparison with OAG data for February 2008 reveals that Alitalia (including Alitalia Express and Volareweb but not Air One) was flying to 101 destinations. The number of domestic airports served has remained unchanged at 23 but the number of international destinations has fallen from 79 to 49 (or 47). Airports that are no longer welcoming Alitalia can be segregated by region.

Region Airport
Western Europe Berlin Tegel, Bilbao, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Ibiza, Lisbon, Lyon, Maastricht, Malaga, Marseille, Porto, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Thessaloniki, Valencia, Vienna, Zurich
Eastern Europe Bratislava, Lodz, Minsk, Zagreb
Long-haul Colombo, Dakar, Delhi, Dubai, Havana, Male, Mauritius, Mumbai

Image: Alitalia AdFive major western EU capital cities are no longer served – Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lisbon and Vienna, and Switzerland’s biggest city of Zurich has also been struck off the list of destinations Alitalia now serves. For a so-called national flag-carrier to not be serving so many capital cities is quite extraordinary (but there again this is not an ordinary story).

Only offering international flights from four Italian airports

Based on schedule data for February Alitalia is offering almost three times as many flights from Rome Fiumicino as from any other airport. Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa are the next busiest airports with Paris CDG (ranked 8th) the only non-Italian airport in the top 12.

Airline Weekly
departing flights
departing seats
Number of routes
Rome Fiumicino 1,535 224,582 65 (21/44)
Milan Linate 574 79,428 19 (11/8)
Milan Malpensa 260 36,013 30 (9/21)
Naples 213 26,324 10 (9/1)
Turin 145 19,657 6 (6/0)
Palermo 140 19,055 5 (5/0)
Catania 117 16,102 4 (4/0)
Paris CDG 101 15,488 3 (0/3)
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 16 February 2009

International services are offered from only four Italian airports – Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, Naples (just Athens) and Rome Fiumicino. There are no international services from Bologna or Venice which rank only 16th and 10th among Alitalia’s biggest airports.

52% share of domestic capacity

The latest available figures (for November) reveal that demand in the Italian domestic market had fallen an alarming 16% in November. Alitalia appears to be focussing on retaining a considerable share of what remains for itself. According to current data held by OAG for flights planned in February Alitalia will have a 52% share of scheduled capacity in the domestic market.

Airline Frequency share Capacity share Number of routes
Alitalia 53.3% 52.2% 74
Meridiana 13.1% 12.2% 32
Wind Jet 6.8% 8.7% 16
Ryanair 5.7% 7.8% 22
easyJet 6.1% 6.8% 11
Air Italy 3.4% 3.3% 7
Blu-Express 2.6% 3.2% 5 3.6% 1.9% 16
Source: OAG Max Online for w/c 16 February 2009

Meridiana is now the second largest airline in the domestic market with less than half as many routes and less than a quarter of the capacity of Alitalia. Europe’s biggest LCCs, Ryanair and easyJet are now the fourth and fifth biggest domestic airlines in Italy.


  1. Arthur Dent says:

    Thessaloniki appears to have been re-instated, at least for the summer season. However, Krakow and Timisoara appear to be additional casualties in the route restructuring. Both of these routes were operated by Volareweb from Milan Malpensa.

  2. Hakan says:

    What happened to the cargo division of Alitalia? Are they still operating?

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