Forbes: Good Luck To Any Airline That Tries To Make A Profit Flying U.S.-Italy

United Airlines said Thursday it will begin Newark-Palermo service in May 2020, adding its fifth destination in a tough U.S.-Italy aviation market where competition is dominated by subsidized Mideast carriers and financially troubled European carriers.

United may be finding success in serving niche tourist markets, but in general U.S.-Italy seems to be a uniquely sub-optimal place for airlines that seek to make money from flight operations.

Participants in the U.S.-Italy market include the United Arab Emirates carrier Emirates; the beleaguered Italian flag carrier Alitalia, which has reported only one profitable year since 1946: Norwegian Air, which The Wall Street Journal said Tuesday is “a trans-Atlantic disrupter (that) will still struggle to navigate the rest of the year” and Air Italy, which is 49% owned by Qatar Airways.

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