Lufthansa and Easyjet flag interest in struggling Italian airline Alitalia

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Germany's largest airline Lufthansa yesterday put in an offer for parts of failing Italian operator Alitalia, while Easyjet expressed an interest in acquiring parts of the ailing airline.

Lufthansa did not reveal details of its offer but said it hopes to establish a “new Alitalia”. It said it is eyeing “parts of the global network traffic and European and domestic point-to-point business”.

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Easyjet said it had submitted an expression of interest “in certain assets of a restructured Alitalia”.

Last week, the Italian government postponed the deadline for making a final decision on Alitalia’s sale from 4 November to April next year.

Alitalia collapsed into administration in May.

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