Per this WSJ article, an Italian Court Rules Against Emirates’ Milan-New York Airline route.
Currently Emirates operates their Milan-New York route but since the carrier based is based in the United Arab Emirates it technically should not be allowed to operate this route. It would have to be based either in Italy or the United States to operate this route.
The ruling, made by an administrative court in Rome, was a response to a complaint filed by Assaereo, an association that represents Alitalia and other Italian airlines.
Emirates is expected to appeal the Italian court’s ruling, according to a person involved in the case. It remained unclear whether it would have to suspend the New York service in the meantime.
Besides Emirates, Alitalia, American, and Delta all offer non-stop service between New York (JFK) and Milan.
Other US airlines are taking note:
According to Delta, they “welcome the decision by the TAR Lazio that the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) improperly granted permission to Emirates Airlines to operate nonstop service between Milan and John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. The TAR Lazio decision makes it clear that Emirates, which is based in the United Arab Emirates, is not authorized to operate this nonstop service.
The Emirates route provides no additional benefit for travelers, who are already well-served by Italian and U.S. carriers between Milan and New York, and could significantly harm U.S. and Italian airline employees by adding unneeded capacity on an already-competitive market.”
What’s your opinion? Should Emirates be able to operate their Milan to New York (JFK) route or should they have to suspend the service?