The Italian National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) issued the Air Operator Certificate (COA) and the Air Transport Operating License to the airline Italy Transport Air (ITA), Alitalia’s successor, on August 18, 2021.
“ITA can take off,” ENAC President Pierluigi Di Palma declared. “The hope is that the new national reference company will contribute to the restart of the sector, making a decisive contribution to overcoming the difficulties deriving from the pandemic crisis.”
The new carrier will initially operate a fleet of 52 airliners out of which seven should be wide-body jets, with plans to reach 80 aircraft by the end of 2022, and over 105 in 2025. Starting with an initial network of 45 destinations and 61 routes in 2021, ITA aims to expand the network to 74 destinations and 89 routes around the world by the end of 2025.
ITA is attempting to secure the brand of its predecessor Alitalia, which should be auctioned off.