Meridiana Express, the low cost subsidiary of Meridiana established in 1996, is preparing to start operations, with Giuseppe Napoli, former managing director of Meridiana, having been appointed president. An application for the operator's licence has been filed, and is expected to be awarded soon. The new carrier says that it will have lower labour costs and higher staff productivity than its parent company, for which it will operate some routes under wet-lease.

Source: Flight International