Public Service Obligations Sardinia - April 16th 2019
The proposal presented yesterday by President Solinas during the meeting held in Villa Devoto in the presence of a delegation from our company and Alitalia is unfortunately not acceptable.
Air Italy has stated on several occasions that it is not able to share routes from Olbia with Alitalia. Therefore, while we appreciate the effort made by the Governor to find a solution, in this case, he has reaffirmed an untenable solution.
On 12 March, Air Italy agreed to fly from Olbia to Rome and from Olbia to Linate (and vice versa), without financial compensation, to protect its staff of over 500 people and the investment made over the last 50 years in the service of Sardinia. Unfortunately, the proposed solution would not guarantee these objectives and would result in an even more negative result than that already envisaged in the proposed no-compensation solution.
The proposal advanced yesterday contained elements of strong ambiguity, with negligible concessions and no viable solution being offered.
Equally, it failed to address the tariff imbalance that has been created with respect to Olbia, and Alghero and Cagliari.
As a result of the above, Air Italy will now have to forgo the routes in favour of Alitalia – an airline under extraordinary administration that benefits from a bridging loan worth €900 million paid entirely by tax payers.
Today, as a result of this situation, hundreds of Air Italy employees, thousands of families in Olbia and tens if not hundreds of thousands of travelers are now in total uncertainty because of this farcical situation.
Air Italy will now begin re-protecting passengers and immediately initiate a full assessment of how best to protect our personnel, and will be asking the relevant Ministries for support in this.