September 24, 2019 / 6:08 AM / a month ago

Rescue of XL Airways still possible -French junior transport minister

An XL Airways Airbus A330-200 airplane lands at the Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy-en-France, near Paris, France, September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

PARIS (Reuters) - A rescue of French budget airline XL Airways remains possible, junior transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said on Tuesday.

“It is still possible to save XL Airways,” Djebbari told France 2 television.

Over the weekend, XL Airways called on Air France (AIRF.PA) - in which the French government owns a stake - to discuss a rescue deal to avert the collapse of the budget carrier that halted ticket sales and payments last week.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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