Alitalia’s monopoly over flights linking Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate airports ended yesterday with the first flight of easyJet between Italy’s capital city and its biggest financial center.
Europe’s second-largest low-cost carrier will offer five daily services with a lead-in fare of 59.50 euros per round-trip. Alitalia averages 60 weekday connections, every 15 minutes at peak times, with return fares starting at 89 euros.
The airline was one of five that bid for the Milan-Rome connection last year. Italy’s AGCM competition authority said Oct. 25 that the U.K. carrier was “most likely to ensure an effective competitive constraint” on a route where Alitalia had been ordered to give up seven slots at Linate as part of the price for approval of its 2008 merger with Air One SpA.
Competition on the route has also been heightened by the introduction last year of trains operated by NTV (Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori) on a high-speed network also used by Trenitalia, the main operating unit of government-owned Ferrovie dello Stato.
You can find more photos of the first flight HERE