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Parliamentary questions
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29 March 2019
E-001549-19
Question for written answer E-001549-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)

 Subject:  Follow up to Written Question E-004684-18 — Alitalia paying up to 60% more than market values to lease its planes — how much of the bridging loan is left?
 Answer in writing 

Alitalia is paying up to 60% more than market values to lease its planes(1). This is a monthly burden that is adversely affecting the accounts of the company, which has been under special administration since 2 May 2017. This information emerged from the analysis the Corriere della Sera newspaper carried out by cross-referencing official documents with the data provided by the specialist platform Airfinance Journal, which calculated the average instalment for each plane on the international trading desk.

The documents lodged with Parliament by the special commissioners (the most detailed of which dating back to October) provide the monthly amounts paid per type of fleet. They also show what a heavy legacy they are having to manage.

In its reply E-004684/2018(ASW)(2), the Commission stated that, at this stage of the investigation, it could not prejudge whether or not the alleged leasing costs(3) were reasonable or corresponded to the market rate(4).

In the light of the above, can the Commission answer the following questions:
1. Can it confirm the data on the leasing costs of the aircraft?
2. If the bridging loan has not been used for various investments and leasing of aircraft, can the Commission say how much is left of the EUR 900 million bridging loan?
3. Can the Commission give an overview of the taxes that all passengers pay for the redundancy fund for Alitalia staff and say whether this tax does not perhaps constitute state aid?(5) (6)

(1)https://www.corriere.it/cronache/19_marzo_29/contratti-vecchi-crisi-cosi-alitalia-paga-fino-60percento-piu-gli-aerei-f8db230a-51a8-11e9-a893-b193ce6f4a88.shtml
(2)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-8-2018-004684-ASW_EN.html
(3)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-8-2018-004684_EN.html
(4)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-8-2018-004684-ASW_EN.html
(5)https://www.ilfattoquotidiano.it/2015/03/08/inps-scandalo-del-fondo-per-alitalia-la-cassa-integrazione-di-lusso-la-pagano-i-passeggeri/1486832/
(6)https://www.linkiesta.it/it/article/2017/04/26/il-paracadute-privilegiato-dei-lavoratori-alitalia/33981/

Original language of question: IT 
Last updated: 9 April 2019Legal notice