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Alitalia ordered to sell parts of Milan-Rome air route

Airline loses appeal of antitrust ruling

Alitalia ordered to sell parts of Milan-Rome air route

Rome, January 23 - Alitalia must sell some of the slots on its Milan-Rome route, the Council of State said Wednesday. It dismissed an appeal by Italy's flagship air carrier of an antitrust ruling made last spring, and said its written reasons would be released later. That ruling overturned an ad hoc legislative decree from 2008 that gave Alitalia, then struggling financially, a boost as it attempted to salvage itself. But in the past year, probes carried out by the antitrust authorities concluded that there was a "a lack of proper competition between rail and air transport" and that Alitalia, along with its unit AirOne, was running a monopoly. At the time, citizens' rights organisation Cittadinanzattiva said that the antitrust ruling shook the "absolute dominance of Alitalia on one of the most popular Italian routes" and was a step forward in protecting citizens' rights to choose.

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