The Italian carrier is facing bankruptsy. And now Rome has stepped in. It has engineered a rescue package to prevent Alitalia going bust.
In line with an announcement made earlier this month, Italy's troubled carrier Alitalia is starting a full-scale tender process in the hope of finding a suitable buyer. The airline filed for insolvency in May.
After years on the edge of bankruptcy, Germany's second-largest airline is over the cliff. A state loan will only keep it afloat for some weeks. DW's Henrik Böhme hopes for wise decisions in the interest of employees.
Italy's government has announced it is prepared to sell the Italy's flagship carrier after workers rejected its latest rescue plan, making it impossible for Alitalia to secure funds to keep its aircraft flying.
Alitalia workers have rejected a management restructuring plan to cut jobs and salaries, betting that the government will be asked to step in to save the loss-making Italian airline with an alternative plan.
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