EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Alha Airport

Alha Airport

Geographic Location

Country: Italy
Region: Varese; Lombardia; Nord Ovest
Location of affected unit(s): Somma Lombardo


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
52 - Warehousing and support activities for transportation
Number Employed: 300
Group: Alha

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 02-01-2009
Planned Job Reductions min: 120
Planned Job Reductions max: 150
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 02-01-2009
Foreseen End Date: 31-03-2009
Direct Dismissals: 120

Additional Information

Alha Airport, the main cargo handler in Milan, is to cut 120 to 150 jobs at the Milan Malpensa International Airport. The company has taken this decision in consequence of the closure of the cargo activity by the new Alitalia. Alitalia was the main customer of Alha Airport at the Malpensa airport.

The trade unions reacted to the company's decision by going out on strike and involving the national and local authorities in order to find adequate measures to relaunch the Malpensa airport's activities (cargo and passengers), after that the new owners of Alitalia decided the 'dehubbing' of the Malpensa airport.

Alha Airport is the biggest cargo handler in Italy. The company operates in Milan Malpensa International Airport since 1997 and handles 70% of the whole freight in the airport, with 300 persons of staff.