Political disputes delay the launch of the new Alitalia.
Political wrangling over board appointments for the new state-controlled Alitalia is hampering the launch of the airline, two government sources told Reuters.
Italy decided to renationalise Alitalia when the coronavirus increased financial problems for the carrier after 11 difficult years as a private company and three failed restructuring attempts.
The government has picked the Italian post office’s former chief Francesco Caio as chairman and the carrier’s Chief Business Officer Fabio Lazzerini as chief executive.
But the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the centre-left Democratic Party are still at loggerheads over the remaining five board names.
“It’s chaos,” said a government source who asked not to be named. Early in September, Transport Minister Paola De Micheli said the new company would be set up within a week.
A second government source said a conflict between ministerial technical bodies had contributed to the delay in the launch of the company, originally scheduled for June.
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