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Factsheet for measure IT-2021-22/2055 – measures in Italy

Measures for the continuity of passenger air transport

Misure per la continuità del trasporto aereo di linea di passeggeri per la continuità del trasporto aereo di linea di passeggeri

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 26 May 2021 – 26 November 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Anna Mori (University of Milan)
Measure added 13 October 2021 (updated 15 October 2021)

Background information

The ban to the possibility to move and travel imposed by the Italian government through a series of legislative interventions has severely affected the economic stability of the national Italian airline Alitalia. In order to ensure the financial sustainability over the long run of the national airline, a devoted allowance has been established by the The Law Decree no. 73, issued on 25 May 2021 (article 24).

Content of measure

In order to prevent the risk of interruption of the service for air transport of passengers and ensure continuity in the activity, the Law Decree no. 73, issued on 25 May 2021 (article 24), granted, for the year 2021, to Alitalia - Italian Air Company S.p.A. as well as to other companies of the same group a loan not exceeding the amount of €100 million for a maximum duration of six months, to be used to ensure operational and management continuity. The loan is provided through a decree of the Minister of Economic Development, in accordance with the Minister of Economy and Finance.

Use of measure

Not applicable since the measure targeted a specific company.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The social partners have not been involved.

Views and reactions

The social partners have not been involved.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      H - Transportation And Storage H51 Air transport

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2021), Measures for the continuity of passenger air transport, measure IT-2021-22/2055 (measures in Italy), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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