Friday, December 5, 2008


Emirates and Etihad Airways have both applied to the Italian Government to seek an amendment in the Italy-UAE bilateral agreement that would permit both airline to increase their presence in the Italian market in the face of a possible Alitalia collapse which they hope to exploit. EK has asked for permission to operate to Venice double daily and triple daily to both Rome and Milan respectively. On the other hand, Etihad Airways has asked to for daily flight rights to both Milan and Rome. Both carriers are aiming to largely attract passengers bound to the Far East and Australia via their respective UAE airport hubs.

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