Competition to Lufthansa on key route: The Italian-coloured ribbon held by Air One’s cabin crew members was cut by Gianluca Marchio, Air One’s Marketing Manager; Pierfrancesco Carino, Alitalia’s Country Manager Germany, Austria & Switzerland; Munich Airport’s President and CEO Michael Kerkloh; and Filippo Scamacca del Murgo, Italian Consul General to Munich. Air One now flies 12 times weekly between Milan Malpensa and Munich.
- Air One, Alitalia’s low-cost subsidiary, expanded at its main base at Milan Malpensa (MXP) on 25 March by launching two new routes with its A320 aircraft. Flights to London Gatwick (LGW) are operated twice-daily in competition with easyJet’s 32 and Monarch’s six weekly flights, while the 12 flights a week to Munich (MUC) compete with Lufthansa’s 45 weekly operations. The two new routes are Air One’s only services to the UK and Germany, as the airline previously has focused on a mostly domestic and southern European network.