Dark days for Italy’s Alitalia airline as latest rescue attempt fails

The latest blow came as state railway Ferrovie dello Stato and Germany’s Lufthansa on Wednesday pulled out of a rescue attempt.

“We are on a narrow and difficult road,” Economic Development Minister Stefano Patuanelli told parliament, saying the options to save the airline were “not endless”.

The government has been looking for buyers for the heavily-indebted company for years, without success.

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