Etihad agrees to acquire 49% of Alitalia
26/06/2014 12:17 am EDT

share with your network:

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has announced it had agreed principal terms and conditions to buy a 49% stake in loss-making Italian carrier, Alitalia, Reuters has reported. The two carriers have been in talks since December, but a deal had been elusive due to Italy’s reluctance to bow to Etihad’s conditions over job cuts of around 2,200 and a restructuring of the airline’s debt. Alitalia’s board voted on June 13 to accept an offer by Etihad to invest in the airline, but did not give details. A stake in Alitalia, which offers access to Europe’s fourth-largest travel market and flies 25 million passengers a year, would further Etihad’s efforts to expand its reach in Europe after already taking strategic stakes in Air Berlin and Aer Lingus.

About the Author

share with your network:

Share your view

© 1996-2016 Media quest FZ LLC A media and entertainment company
Middle East Main Office
[email protected]
© 2016 Dubai Business | Ameinfo . All rights Reserved.