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June 24, 2024
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Just before the pandemic hit the industry in 2020, airline leaders were positive that Europe was about to have a much-needed round of consolidation. They agreed that there were way too many airlines, fighting for the same piece of cake. Covid has delayed this, but what is the view two years on? AirInsight asked some CEO’s at the recent Airlines 4 Europe Aviation Summit in Brussels. Is Europe ready for some airline consolidation yet?

If there is one example of consolidation, it must be the upcoming privatization of ITA Airways. Lufthansa Group, Delta/Air France-KLM, and Indigo Partners are all interested in taking a share in the carrier that succeeded loss-making Alitalia in October. However comes out as the winner, it will mean that one of the leading airline groups will grow its presence in Europe.

 


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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.