Meridiana fly (airline code IG) is a scheduled and charter airline based in Olbia, Sardinia. It has operating bases at Cagliari in Sardinia plus Milan Malpensa, Rome and Florence and is Italy's second-largest airline.
Meridiana was originally founded as Alisarda in 1963 by the Aga Khan to promote tourism to Sardinia. The name was changed to Meridiana in 1991.
The group purchased Air Italy, the leisure airline based in Naples, in 2011 and continues to operate this brand separately. The group name was changed to Meridiana fly in 2012 when it merged with Euro Fly, the charter airline, which it has absorbed.
The Aga Khan is still a major shareholder in Meridiana fly, which is floated on the Milan Stock Exchange. He holds around 75% with employees also having a large stake in the company.
Meridiana concentrates on the Northern and central areas of Italy and operates domestically to 32 airports, including all the major airports in the South of Italy, Sicily and Sardinia. The airline also serves around seven intercontinental destinations and 48 international airports.
Meridiana has a fleet of around 30 short and long-haul aircraft.
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