Italy’s industry ministry open to discuss with everyone, including Atlantia, on Alitalia: sources

Italy’s industry ministry open to discuss with everyone, including Atlantia, on Alitalia: sources

FILE PHOTO: An Alitalia Airbus A320-200 airplane approaches to land at Fiumicino airport in Rome, Italy October 24, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s industry ministry is open to discussions with any investor interested in the rescue of troubled carrier Alitalia, including infrastructure group Atlantia, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

The ministry is leading talks between the administrators managing the loss-making Alitalia and state-owned railway group Ferrovie dello Stato, which is trying to set up a consortium to buy the carrier.

An involvement of Atlantia could be a turning point in the rescue led by Ferrovie, but sources have previously said the plan still lacked a political green light.

Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte; editing by David Evans

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