Saturday, February 4, 2012
Alitalia: Domestic Routes, c.1969
The national network of Alitalia around 1969, sporting the "ATI" (Aero Transporti Italia) emblem at top. With its "barbell" pattern of centers at Rome and Milan, and a large number of routes out of Naples, Turin, and Venice, the system connected more than a dozen airports on the mainland boot and multiple cities on the large islands of Sicily and Sardinia, as well as the smaller and more distant Pantelleria and Lampedusa.
A box at lower-right shows a zoomed-in route map for Elivie, the helicopter-line subsidiary of Alitalia, which ran passenger operations out of Naples to Capri and Ischia. If this item is correctly dated to 1969, it would be the last year of Elivie's operations, which was closed in 1970.