Assaereo, whose biggest member is domestic
flagship airline Alitalia, had complained that Italy's civil
aviation authority ENAC had granted Emirates the right to extend
flights from Dubai to Malpensa onwards to New York's John F
According to the court, Assaereo said in a statement on
Thursday, the right to use Milan as a stopover cannot be granted
to a non-EU operator or a carrier from a country which is
neither the port of departure nor destination, which in this
case are Italy and the United States.
Emirates is a direct competitor of Etihad, which is in talks
with Alitalia for the possible purchase of a large stake in the
loss-making Italian carrier.
Etihad, which may appeal the decision, started to fly the
Malensa-New York route in October last year.
(Reporting by Lisa Jucca; editing by Elaine Hardcastle and
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