Alitalia ordered to sell parts of Milan-Rome air route
Airline loses appeal of antitrust ruling23 January, 17:53
That ruling overturned an ad hoc legislative decree from 2008 that gave Alitalia, then struggling financially, a boost as it attempted to salvage itself.
But in the past year, probes carried out by the antitrust authorities concluded that there was a "a lack of proper competition between rail and air transport" and that Alitalia, along with its unit AirOne, was running a monopoly.
At the time, citizens' rights organisation Cittadinanzattiva said that the antitrust ruling shook the "absolute dominance of Alitalia on one of the most popular Italian routes" and was a step forward in protecting citizens' rights to choose.