“Last great monopoly route in Europe” broken

LCC given rights to fly from Milan Linate to Rome Fiumicino

The low-cost carrier easyJet has been awarded rights to fly between Milan Linate and Rome Fiumicino. This ends Alitalia’s monopoly on this important Italian route. As a result, from early 2013 easyJet will operate five flights a day on the route, which it describes as “arguably the most important route for the Italian economy.”
Italy’s competition authority ordered Alitalia in April to give up several slots at Milan Linate to end a monopoly created in 2008 by the merger of Alitalia and Air One. easyJet welcomed the decision.
The carrier’s CEO, Carolyn McCall, said: “This represents the breakup of the last great monopoly route in Europe, linking […] the political capital and the industrial centre of Europe’s fourth largest economy. No other European flag carrier has control over a route of such importance. This is a historic decision and is a victory for Italian consumers.”