Milan mayor says 3-yr Malpensa moratorium to cost Air France, govt UPDATE
Moratti was speaking on the sidelines of a conference organised by northern Italian politicians and industrialists to discuss Alitalia's plans to scale down operations at its Malpensa hub to focus on Rome's Fiumicino airport.
The 600 mln eur over three years to save Malpensa compares with the 10 bln eur the airport creates in gross domestic product, she said.
Moratti said the government can "very easily" include the moratorium as a condition for the transaction and discount the additional cost from the sale price.
There is "absolute urgency" on this issue because Alitalia has already announced plans to release slots at Malpensa as part of its downsizing, while slot coordinator Assoclearance has not yet distributed them to other airlines.
Bonomi said the 200 mln eur is an estimate made by Air France-KLM.
Diana Bracco, the president of the Assolombarda employers group in north Italy, said there would be a need for 150 mln to cover social costs of possible job changes as well as the 200 mln eur costs for Alitalia.
"This cost for a three-year moratorium is ridiculous when the country is spending billions on infrastructure," she said. "Malpensa is a strategic asset."