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Alitalia: the turning point of the carrier is coming

Some decisive dates for the airline

After the crisis of Alitalia's agenda for the fall of the Italian ex-government (see AVIONEWS), finally the future of the Italian carrier is beginning to be clarified.

On September 2nd, during a conference call between the managers of Atlantia and the American heads of Delta Air Lines was discussed the increase in the new US flights, which should lead to a grow in revenues of around 20%.

On September 4th, at the headquarters of Atlantia, Giovanni Castellucci, managing director of Atlantia, and Gianfranco Battisti, CEO of the Italian State Railway (FS) met with Alitalia commissioners Enrico Laghi, Stefano Paleari, Daniele Discepolo. From the summit it would have emerged that the new plan will involve about 2 thousands of redundancies which should be absorbed in part by the FS and others could be rearranged using state tools such as "quota 100" or early retirement.

The request for a week of extension of the current deadline of September 15 will be useful to FS to make the final touches to the contents to be included in the binding offer together with Atlantia and Delta.

Awaiting the new date of the meeting at the Delta headquarters in Atlanta with representatives of the consortium Ferrovie dello Stato, the aforementioned American company and the Benetton Group which could take place on September 16 or 17.

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