The Italian carrier is facing bankruptsy. And now Rome has stepped in. It has engineered a rescue package to prevent Alitalia going bust.
Unions representing pilots in Ireland and Portugal have suspended plans to strike before Christmas, lifting the threat of walkouts at the low-cost carrier after it agreed to recognise trade unions for the first time.
Italy's government has announced it is prepared to sell the Italy's flag carrier after workers rejected its latest rescue plan, making it impossible for Alitalia to secure funds to keep its aircraft flying.
Airlines are going out of business but the current consolidation in European aviation is "long overdue" say experts. More change is coming, but, overall, things look good for consumers as competition stays fierce.
Lufthansa has confirmed its full-year objectives, even as its third-quarter profit fell. The German airline group is expected to benefit from solid passenger demand as it swoops in on struggling rivals.
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