Monday, November 17, 2008

New Train Services From Rome to Milan Threaten Alitalia

Alitalia, Italy's struggling airline, is all set to be revived-but new problems may be in store for the carrier. Easyjet is now offering 4 flights a day from Rome to Milan, one of Alitialia's most popular routes. And trains may pose even greater competition. On December 15th a section of new track between Bologna and Milan will cut out half an hour of the four hours it takes to get to Milan from Rome. And another company, the privately owned Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, is opening a new high speed train service between major cities in Italy, including Rome and Milan. Alitalia is certainly facing some daunting competition. Read more about it in the Economist.

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