Alitalia Airlines, the Italian national carrier, is in the process of determining whether to open a direct route for both cargo and passenger traffic between Italy and Atlanta after company representatives from Miami and New York visited with city and Clayton County officials and toured Hartsfield International Airport Jan. 17-18.

Gianpaolo Borgna, Alitalia’s representative for the southeastern U.S. and Central America, and Rosolino Pizzillo, the airline’s air cargo marketing sales and development manager, led the delegation which visited with Steve Labovitz, the Mayor Bill Campbell’s chief of staff; Marvin Arrington, Atlanta city council president, among others.

  The delegation also met with airport officials including Robert Kennedy, who heads Hartsfield’s cargo development assistance, and with Steve Reich, director of the Clayton chamber.  Harold Hagans, president of Atlanta Customs Brokers, briefed the delegation concerning the airport’s facilities.

Accompanying Mr. Pizzillo, were Celi Zullo Fortunato, Italy’s trade commissioner in Atlanta, and John C. Munna, Italy’s honorary consul general here.

Alitalia has a cargo sales office located at 219 Perimeter Center Pkwy. Tel: (404) 394-4884; fax. (404) 393-2812.

A.W. (Bill) Dahlberg, president of  Southern Co., has been appointed vice chair of the Carter Center Board of Councilors.