Road Warrior: Alitalia bid deadline

An airline on the market, and Dublin and Cork airports in the running for awards

An Alitalia aircraft taking off. Etihad, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, is a 49 per cent stakeholder in the airline but is not expected to invest further. Photograph: Getty Images

An Alitalia aircraft taking off. Etihad, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, is a 49 per cent stakeholder in the airline but is not expected to invest further. Photograph: Getty Images

 

Alitalia on sale

The deadline for “expressions of interest” is next Monday, June 5th, when the receivers of Italian carrier Alitalia want initial bids to be submitted. The receivers will consider options that include the purchase of the carrier as a going concern, a plan for the economic and financial restructuring or a transfer of assets and contracts. Etihad, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, is a 49 per cent stakeholder in the airline, but is not expected to invest further. Maybe Ryanair may consider it again. Employees voted against plans to cut jobs and salaries. The Italian government has provided a bridging loan for €600 million while a buyer is found.

Dublin and Cork airports in best airports awards

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New AA lounge at JFK

American Airlines (AA) opened its Flagship first dining and Flagship lounge at New York’s JFK airport last week. Access to the lounge is being extended to business class passengers, who will be offered top-of-the-line dining in the airport. Menus will be locally inspired, and feature grass-fed beef from Joyce Farms, cheese from Sprout Creek Farms and speciality cocktails designed by New York mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer.

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