Air Italy has announced plans to suspend operations and liquidate all assets.
From February 11 to 25, all of the airline’s flights will be operated by other carriers at their originally scheduled dates and times, while all passengers who have booked flights departing or arriving after February 25 will be re-protected or fully refunded, the airline said in a statement on its website.
Air Italy is the second-largest airline in the country, behind flag carrier Alitalia. A subsidiary of AQA Holding, which is owned by Alisarda and Qatar Airways, the airline operates 34 routes out of its main hub at Milan Malpensa Airport, including to Los Angeles, Miami, New York – JFK and San Francisco in the United States. It had codeshare agreements with British Airways, Iberia and Qatar Airways, among others.
All scheduled flights, both outward and return, up to and including February 25 (including the first departures the morning of February 26 for domestic flights to Malpensa and from Male and Dakar) will be regularly operated, without any modifications. Passengers will be able to fly using their ticket, or opt for a full refund by emailing [email protected].
For flights that depart by February 25 and return after that date, the outward journey will operate regularly. For the return flight, passengers can either opt for a travel option on the first available flight of another carrier. Details will be available starting February 18. Travelers can also request a refund at [email protected]. Refunds for return flights scheduled to operate after February 25 will also be available at [email protected].
In a statement posted to its Twitter account Qatar Airways, which acquired a minority stake in Air Italy on September 28, 2017, said that it had been willing to continue to support the airline, but “this would only have been possible with the commitment of all shareholders.”