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New airlines join Italian commuter scene. (Aliblu Airways, Avianova, Alinord)

New airlines join Italian commuter scene

Italian air transport has a long history of seeing small, private airlines come and go, while the only constant factors in the industry were state-owned Alitalia, and the smaller Alisarda, substantially-owned by the larger carrier. The regional airline scene was bleak, with small airlines surviving a few years, but generally ending operations when local government subsidies from cities served ended.

Suddenly, however, the Mediterranean sun is again shining on Italian air transport, and three players, two completely new, are setting out to create new regional networks. Aliblu, 10%-owned by Alitalia, has ordered four British Aerospace Jetstream 31s and plans to start flying this month. Avianova, a subsidiary of Alisarda, is to take delivery of three ATR 42s to start flying this August, while Alinord, a Milan-based regional owned by the Acqua Marcia conglomerate, is already spreading its wings.

"It is a characteristic of Italian industry that medium and small companies are spread out through the whole country, and not just in the major cities, creating a potential market for business air travel, even on thin routes,' Antonia Fileccia, CEO of Aliblu told us. …

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