Alitalia on the Brink

When the posturing in labor relations turns so ugly and public that management makes statements that will scare away customers, things are truly an intractable mess. Such is Alitalia, where the company says they don’t have enough money for fuel and will have to start flight cancellations on Monday.

Foreign suitors are making noises about pulling their offer to infuse cash because the unions won’t agree to contract concessions. The Prime Minister says he won’t let the flag carrier fail, despite E.U. laws Italy has already violated in subsidizing the airline…

Will Alitalia rise from the ashes once more? It’s one of the few companies to which I’d just assume say good riddance, I still resent them from cancelling all the miles from their ‘old’ frequent flyer program and starting anew. Still, it’s hard enough to redeem award tickets on Skyteam carriers it would be a shame to lose one.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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