As Christmas approaches, the high cost of flights returns. And ticket prices are starting to rise again, especially to and from the islands, with some routes already exceeding the threshold of 500 euros per passenger in economy class. Monitoring the fares is Assoutenti, which speaks of a real "bloodletting" for families who will have to travel for the end-of-year holidays. While Codacons is calling for urgent intervention by the Antitrust Authority, given that the recent open tables at the Mimit and the opening of a fact-finding investigation do not seem to have solved the problem.
Even if the executive, however, claims its action: "We have provided the Antitrust Authority with the tools to act - explains the Minister of Enterprise and Made in Italy Adolfo Urso - and the investigation launched is the demonstration that our decree law (the Asset decree, ed) and the rules contained in it, are working". An intervention has also been decided by the Sicily Region with a 50% discount on tickets but which concerns only residents. Meanwhile, those who are preparing today to buy an economy class ticket to fly to Sicily during the holidays, leaving on December 23 and returning on Sunday, January 7, and are willing to board at any time (even early morning or late evening) find themselves having to spend up to 521 euros (round trip) starting from Bologna and landing in Palermo, or 465 euros if you go to Catania. From Turin to Catania, on the same dates, you need at least 446 euros, 441 euros from Pisa to Catania, 439 euros from Verona to Palermo.
The Genoa-Catania flight is also above 400 euros (from 404 euros per person), while from Milan to Palermo you need at least 399 euros per passenger, but you can spend up to 706 euros depending on the time and the company chosen. Flight fares to Sardinia are also increasing: to reach Cagliari from Pisa the minimum cost for the return ticket (on the same dates 23 December/7 January) is 395 euros, if you leave from Bologna 381 euros, from Venice 345 euros, from Turin 297 euros. Prices that obviously do not take into account the additional costs for hand luggage or seat selection, which further increase the cost of a flight. "Moving around Italy during the holidays is increasingly a bloodletting that empties the pockets of citizens - explains the president of Assoutenti Furio Truzzi - an emergency that recurs every year and that seems to have no solution. And it is precisely the high cost of flights - he recalls - that will be one of the themes at the center of Expo consumatori 2023, an annual event where institutions, politics and companies confront consumers, and which this year will be held in Naples from 12 to 14 December and will feature government representatives, big politicians and leading companies in the various sectors". Codacons therefore appeals to the Antitrust Authority "to issue, as it has done in recent days for much less relevant issues, urgent precautionary measures in the air transport sector aimed at blocking the algorithms that cause flight fares to the islands to soar during the Christmas and New Year periods, and counter speculation that punctually harms users at this time of year".
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