Isole; Sardegna; Sassari
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Air Transport
51.10 - Passenger air transport

514 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 March 2016
Employment effect (start)
23 June 2016
Foreseen end date


Meridiana fly, an Italian flight operator part of the Alisarda group, is to dismiss 514 workers, at its base of Olbia (Sardinia) out of at total 1,800 employees.

The management is currently agreeing the entrance in the share capital of Qatar Airways. The job cuts are one of the conditions required by the state-owned Qatar flight operator in order to reach a partnership agreement.

After the initial intention to lay off 901 workers, on 23 March, during the negotiation held at the Ministry of Economic Development premises, the company announced its intention to open a mobility procedure for 514 workers by the 10 April. The decision will affects 433 flight assistants, 48 ground stewards, and 33 maintenance workers.

Unions have not accepted the plan and claim that the redundancies should be spanned also over Air Italy. This is a low-cost flight operator of Alisarda, which applies a collective bargaining entailing lower wages than the ones applied to Meridiana fly workers.

The company and the government representatives are trying to speed up negotiations with unions, as delays may cause Qatar Airways to withdraw its offer, and this entails a serious risk of closure of Meridiana.

For previous restructurings announced by the group, see Meridiana flyIT-2014, MeridianaIT-2004.

Update 27/06/2016: The management accepted to reduce dismissals to 396 workers, and committed to grant dismissed workers priority over hirings taking place during the next three years. The parties also agreed wage cuts for the staff of the Meridiana group, mainly affecting pilots.


  • 23 February 2016: La Stampa
  • 7 March 2016: La Nuova Sardegna
  • 23 March 2016: La Repubblica
  • 27 June 2016: La Repubblica


Eurofound (2016), Meridiana fly, Merger/Acquisition in Italy, factsheet number 86927, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/86927.