November 20, 2018 / 6:21 PM / 24 days ago

Alitalia accepts binding purchase offer from state railways - source

FILE PHOTO: An Alitalia Airbus A320-200 airplane comes in to land at Fiumicino airport in Rome, Italy October 24, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi/File Photo

ROME (Reuters) - The state-appointed commissioners running Alitalia have accepted a binding purchase offer for the national carrier by the Ferrovie dello Stato (Fs) state railway company, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday.

Italy’s flagship airline was put under special administration last year after workers rejected its latest rescue plan, leaving the government once again seeking a buyer to save the ailing company.

The commissioners accepted the offer from Fs after consultation with the industry ministry, the source said.

Reporting by Alberto Sisto, writing by Gavin Jones; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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