Alitalia will return to be Italy’s national flag-carrying airline

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ANSA : Alitalia will return to be being Italy’s national flag-carrying airline, Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said Wednesday.

Speaking on Italian radio, Toninelli said “the Italian nature of the airline is a fundamental points in its future”.

He said “we’ll once again make it become a flag carrier with 51% of the share capital in Italian hands and with a partner that will make it fly”.

Toninelli said there had been “extraordinary damage” wreaked on the airline in the past by “managers often described as very efficient”.

Lufthansa and EasyJet are among the bidders for the troubled airline, but both want radical restructuring as part of their bid.

Alitalia was put into extraordinary administration last year after workers voted against a restructuring plan.

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