Centro (I); Lazio; Roma
Location of affected unit(s)
Repair And Installation Of Machinery And Equipment
Repair And Installation Of Machinery And Equipment
33.16 - Repair and maintenance of aircraft and spacecraft

237 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 November 2015
Employment effect (start)
16 April 2016
Foreseen end date
16 April 2016


Alitalia Maintenance Systems (Ams), a company providing aircraft maintenance services, is to dismiss the 237 workers employed at its factory in Fiumicino (Rome).

The company, formerly a branch of Alitalia, is undergoing an insolvency proceeding following the long-standing crisis of the Italian national airline (see AlitaliaIT-2012, AlitaliaIT-2010, AlitaliaIT-2009), and the consequent reduction of orders.  

The dismissals would affect high-skilled blue-collar workers and white-collar workers, who are currently receving temporary unemployment benefits.

Talks are ongoing with investors interested in purchasing the company, which could potentially lead to the relaunch of the activities and a reduction of exits.

Unions complained that Alitalia and its new mother company, Etihad Airways, are deliberately outsourcing the reparation of their fleets to new providers, notwithstanding AMS is capable to deliver the same services with high quality standards and for a cheaper price.

Update, 15/04/2016: The company has been declared bankrupt and negotiations with potential investors have eventually failed. Subsequently, all the AMS staff is to be dismissed. Further attempts to sell and relaunch the factory will be made over the coming months.


  • 19 September 2015: Il Tempo
  • 23 November 2015: Il Faro
  • 9 November 2015: Cinque Quotidiano
  • 18 January 2016: L'Osservatore d'Italia


Eurofound (2015), Alitalia Maintenance Systems, Bankruptcy in Italy, factsheet number 91219, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91219.