Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Air Transport
51.10 - Passenger air transport

2,037 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 March 2017
Employment effect (start)
14 April 2017
Foreseen end date
31 December 2019


Flight operator Alitalia Società Aerea Italiana has announced 2,037 job-cuts to take place by the end of 2019.

The company aims at increasing its revenue by 30% by the end of 2019 and to reverse the current trend of severe operating losses. In order to do so, the management plans to revise the company’s business model, to reduce jobs and wages, to improve strategic partnerships with other operators, and to put in place new technology-based commercial initiatives.

Job cuts will be across all the company’s activities, affecting clerks, ground staff, flight attendants and pilots. The cuts involve also 558 workers employed on a fixed-term basis and 141 workers based abroad.

The government summoned the company and is taking part in negotiations together with unions in a view to reduce the job cuts and put in place social shock absorbers.

Unions organised strikes and called for a substantial revision of the plan, avoiding dismissals. The company has been severely reducing its staff over the last years, the latest collective dismissals procedures being concluded in 2015 and 2014 (see AlitaliaIT-2015 and AlitaliaIT-2014).


  • 16 March 2017: ADN Kronos
  • 17 March 2017: L'Huffington Post
  • 6 April 2017: La Repubblica
  • 10 April 2017: Wall Street Italia


Eurofound (2017), Alitalia Società Aerea Italiana, Internal restructuring in Italy, factsheet number 90700, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/90700.