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Emirates claims victory in legal battle over key Milan-New York route

Assaereo and Alitalia had claimed that Dubai carrier should not be allowed to fly out of Italy on the transatlantic route.

Emirates claims victory in legal battle over key Milan-New York route

Italy's top administrative court has given Emirates permission to continue operating direct flights between Milan Malpensa airport and New York, rejecting a request by rival airlines to stop the flights.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Council of State said its decision rejected a legal challenge brought against the Gulf airline by Italian carrier association Assaereo and flagship carrier Alitalia.

Assaereo and Alitalia had claimed that, as a non-European carrier, Emirates should not be allowed to fly out of Italy on the transatlantic route.

An Italian court had initially backed their case and barred Emirates from flying on the New York-Milan route.

Emirates is a direct competitor of Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, which bought a 49 percent stake in Alitalia earlier this year.

Being allowed to fly on the Milan-New York route means Emirates competes directly with Alitalia, which is focusing on expanding its long-haul flights after the tie-up with Etihad.

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Suresh 4 years ago

Emirates has staunchly opposed Indian carriers picking up passengers in Dubai for onward journey to Europe and America and yet claims the right to do the same in someone else's territory. Double standards , don't you think ?

Nezaud 4 years ago

It is not the same. Recently, the Indian government allowed foreigners to own into the Aviation Industry. We are yet to see an Indian open sky.
On the other hand Europe & UAE enjoy an open sky agreement.

Arab Expat 4 years ago

probably because India does not allow them to do the same.

Singapore Airlines picks up passengers from Dubai for onward flights btw, and Singapore allows Emirates to do the same in Changi ........ It's give and take, don't take if you're not willing to give