Alitalia successor carrier ITA is to become operational from mid-October, following discussions between Italian authorities and the European Commission.

The Italian ministry of economy and finance states that discussions with the Commission have “concluded positively”.

It adds that ITA will be “fully operational” from 15 October, when the initial flights will take off.

The ministry says the talks with the Commission have enabled those connected with the creation of ITA to reach a “constructive and balanced solution”.

This will guarantee the “discontinuity” necessary to comply with European Union legislation, it adds.

“The positive outcome of the dialogue with the Commission’s offices allows procedures relating to a capital increase of ITA and creates the conditions for signing a memorandum agreement for transfer of certain activities from Alitalia to ITA,” the ministry states.

Alitalia A320-c-Eric Salard Creative Commons

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Alitalia has spent several years in administration

It says the launch of ITA operations will provide the foundation for a new national carrier offering “sustainable and independent air transport” with “solid prospects” for growth and development.

Alitalia filed for extraordinary administration four years ago, after restructuring proposals for the troubled airline failed to gain support.

Etihad Airways had been a key shareholder of Alitalia at the time. It had agreed to take a 49% stake in the airline in 2014.