French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire announced today that an “agreement in principle” has been reached with the European Commission on new financial aid for Air France, which in exchange will have to sell “a certain number of slots” to Orly. During an LCI / RTL / Le Figaro television program, the minister said: “We have an agreement in principle with the European Commissioner (head of competition) Margrethe Vestager on the new financial support for Air France”. “The amount will be discussed with Air France and tomorrow there will be a board of directors that will have to validate the principle of this agreement”, he added. This is “excellent news for Air France and for the entire French aviation sector”, observed Le Maire.
Alitalia: Cub and Usb, meeting in Fiumicino on 6 April – “The government is groping in the dark, undergoing pressure from Vestager, which aims to get a ‘nano-company’ off the ground: let’s stop the social butchery”. Thus, in a joint note, the autonomous unions Cub Trasporti and the basic union union (Usb), which announced, for next Tuesday at 10:30, an assembly at Fiumicino airport, in front of terminal 3, on the Departures floor. . “After 3 years lost chasing inconsistent and unattainable hypotheses, Covid cannot and must not become the excuse to reduce Alitalia to a size that will make it unable to hold up on the market – the autonomous unions write in the document – It is unacceptable that after the approval of a decree, which announces the investment of 3 billion euros in the relaunch of the Italian flag carrier, will continue a negotiation with the EU which seems more concerned about eliminating a competitor to Lufthansa and Air France from the scene – they conclude Cub and Usb – rather than guaranteeing the mobility of citizens and an essential lever for the economy of our country. “