Alitalia files for bankruptcy

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As we predicted, the money-losing Italian national airline Alitalia is seeking bankruptcy protection. Government officials say they'll sell much of their share of the airline to a bunch of investors who will buy parts of the airline and create a smaller leaner one.

Bloomberg News hints that Air France/KLM may be one of the investment group, but that private Italian airline Air One (which we've blogged about before) will be the main merger partner.

In the meantime, if you already have tickets booked on Alitalia, don't worry. Your flights should take off as planned. But be sure to sign up for flight alerts, as schedule changes may occur if any protests by airline workers happen.


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