Italian national carrier Alitalia has announced that it is stopping ticket sales and shutting down operations as it begins the process of being replaced by a new airline.
According to an update posted to the company’s website on Aug. 24, all Alitalia flights from Oct. 15, 2021 will be cancelled.
Passengers with tickets after that date have the opportunity to replace their flights with an equivalent Alitalia flight before that date or request a refund.
“Soon a direct communication will be sent to all customers with further instructions,” the airline tweeted on Aug. 24.
According to Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, there are roughly 250,000 passengers scheduled to fly with Alitalia after Oct. 15.
Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) is set to replace Alitalia, as Reuters reported back in July. The carrier will will start flying on Oct. 15.
Last month, ITA reportedly reached a deal with the European Commission to replace the state-owned Alitalia “following months of haggling” over Alitalia’s fate.
The negotiations focused on making ITA independent of Alitalia to ensure it was not liable for paying back billions in Euros of state aid the carrier had received, Reuters reported.
As part of the deal, ITA will inherit only a portion of Alitalia's flight slots: the airline will receive 85 per cent of the Alitalia slots at Milan's Linate airport and 43 per cent at Rome's Fiumicino hub.
Ticket sales for ITA flights from Oct. 15 begin on Aug. 26, according to a news release issued earlier this week. ITA, in addition, will purchase 52 of Alitalia’s aircraft other assets.
The airline plans to fly to destinations such as New York, Boston, Miami, Tokyo and offer service to several European cities from airports in Rome and Milan.