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ITA-Lufthansa: ready to sell 17 airport slots

About ten Italy-Central Europe flights are at stake

About ten flights between Italy and Central Europe will probably be sold to two low-cost airlines, the Spanish Volotea and the British easyJet. This is what is foreseen by the new package of remedies submitted to Brussels by the Italian national carrier ITA Airways and the German Lufthansa. The goal is to have the green light for the merger by July. The question of long-haul flights remains open: the European authority response is expected within days. 

It was revealed today by the Italian economic newspaper "Il Sole 24 Ore", which cites authoritative industrial sources according to which the routes to be sold to competing airlines have already been identified: these are six flights from Milan-Linate (Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Vienna) and five others from Rome-Fiumicino (Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Zurich and Vienna).

In the documents sent to the technical offices of the European Competition Commission there would be a proposal to give up 15-17 pairs of airport slots on those routes, a decrease equal to -10% of plane movements. The objective is twofold: to reduce the dominant position of ITA-Lufthansa (the Italian holds 60% of these slots, the Germans around 7%) and to make space for competing airlines.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency