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Alitalia becomes ITA and will cancel air tickets issued after October 15

2021-08-03T21:07:07.169Z

This was communicated from the airline to the travel agencies in Argentina. There will be no rescheduling.



08/03/2021 17:32

  • Clarín.com

  • Travels

Updated 08/03/2021 17:50

Faced with the

serious financial difficulties

of the airline

Alitalia

, - exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic - and after months of arduous negotiations between Italy and the European Union in relation to a rescue plan, in mid-July a possible solution was announced from the Italian Ministry of Economy.

Starting October 15, the new ITA company will replace the traditional - and complicated - Alitalia.

A solution that, in the eyes of the Italian government, they called "constructive and balanced".

However, at the time of the implementation of this kind of resurgence of the airline,

Argentine travelers who purchased tickets

from the Alitalia company would lose out.

An image from April: protests in Rome by Alitalia workers.

Photo Roberto Monaldo / LaPresse via ZUMA Press / dpa

What is known

According to what was discussed during a meeting held by representatives of the Argentine Federation of Travel and Tourism Business Associations (FAEVYT) with Tommaso Fumelli, Alitalia's country manager in Argentina and Chile,

all active reservations

with a flight date after 15 October

will be canceled

.

There will be no possibility of rescheduling

because those tickets will not be endorsed to the new airline, nor to other member companies of the SkyTeam alliance.

Air tickets will

be returned in pesos

at the exchange rate at the time they were issued.

A significant economic loss considering the context dominated by inflation and devaluation.

Among other things, it was clarified that ITA will be a company 100% in the hands of the Italian state and that, for the moment, "it would not be part of the SkyTeam alliance, nor will it recognize the Millemiglia program.

This means that the members of the Millemiglia program will lose their miles, although these miles could be used with Skyteam partners until August 14 ", as can be seen from what was discussed at the meeting.

Also from the entity that brings together travel agencies an alert is made:

Alitalia tickets are still on sale

, therefore the recommendation is to people not to buy and to not issue agencies since they are tickets that will go directly to refund.

As for the new ITA airline, its tickets would open for sale from August 15.

It will have a smaller fleet with fewer employees.

Look also

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Source: clarin

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