With the flag carrier reported to be downscaling its Malpensa operations by some 70 per cent, Air One has declared its intentions to take over some of its rival’s landing slots and launch 138 new services from the Lombardy hub.
Key to the Malpensa power struggle is the fate of Alitalia, with a deal reportedly on the cards for Air France to take over the loss-making carrier and revert its central operations to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.
Air One managing director Lino Bergonzi said: "We have accelerated this project and launched it in a short time. Malpensa is an important project and will be 15 per cent of sales. The decision has also been taken on the basis that Alitalia is going to Fiumicino."