EasyJet has renewed interest in a “restructured” Alitalia.
The UK budget airline yesterday submitted a revised expression of interest in the troubled Italian flag carrier.
The disclosure came less than a month after easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren told delegates at the Abta Travel Convention in Seville that the airline was interested in parts of Alitalia and talks were continuing.
The airline said its submission was in response to the new Italian government’s ongoing sales process, adding that the move “is consistent with easyJet’s existing strategy for Italy”.
However, easyJet added: “Given the nature of the process, the content of the expression of interest is subject to confidentiality.
“There is no certainty at this stage that any transaction will proceed and easyJet will provide a further update in due course, if and when appropriate.”
Others reportedly showing interest in parts of Alitalia include Delta Air Lines and Wizz Air, with Lufthansa ruling itself out of the running, saying it had no interest in participating in a government-led restructuring of the Italian carrier.
Alitalia has been in special administration since last year after workers rejected a rescue plan.
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