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

1,500 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
19 February 2018
Employment effect (start)
20 February 2018
Foreseen end date
31 December 2020


Flight operator Meridiana announced the creation of 1,500 new jobs in Italy by 2020. The company, which has undergone a long crisis period (see MeridianaIT-2014) has been acquired for a 49% share by Qatar Airways. This took place after a long negotiation, entailing job cuts in Meridiana staff as well (see Meridiana flyIT-2016). The new management plans to increase the fleet and the headcount with a view to operating domestic and international flights on routes weakly covered by other competitors. Meridiana, that will use the ‘Air Italy’ brand on its flights, will operate Milan as hub. A share ownership scheme will also be introduced, entitling employees to an overall 20% share of profits. Unions assessed the plan positively, though they remarked it entails few commitments for routes operating from Sardinia, representing the core business of the company until now.


  • 19 February 2018: Il Sole 24 Ore
  • 19 February 2018: Varese News
  • 19 February 2018: Huffington Post
  • 19 February 2018: La Stampa


Eurofound (2018), Meridiana, Business expansion in Italy, factsheet number 93395, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/93395.