Alitalia restarts cargo services

ALITALIA may return to providing cargo services despite having sold Alitalia Cargo to Alis Aerolinee Italiene earlier this year.

If the carrier does goes through with the restarted service it will do so out of Milan’s Malpensa Airport, according to its chief executive Rocco Sabelli. It will also partner with Air France-KLM, which bought a 25 per cent stake in the carrier earlier this year after a three-month battle with Lufthansa.

Sabelli says that Air France-KLM is considering creation of a multi-hub made up of Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam Schiphol and Malpensa.

Alitalia cargo service will be limited to belly capacity for the time being. It currently operates long-haul passenger flights from Malpensa to New York, Tokyo and São Paulo, Brazil. If the multi-hub idea is taken up, Sabelli says that Alitalia will also consider adding services to Miami, US; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Shanghai, China.

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