December 5, 2017 / 5:04 PM / in a year

Alitalia could be sold within a month - Italian transport minister

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A deal to sell national airliner Alitalia could be reached within a month, Transport Minister Graziano Delrio said on Tuesday, adding that “interesting offers” had been made for the struggling carrier.

Alitalia's flight attendant is seen at the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Germany’s Lufthansa, British low-cost carrier easyJet and U.S. private equity fund Cerberus are among companies that have expressed an interest in Alitalia.

Asked at a conference if the sale might be delayed until after national elections due by May 2018, Delrio said: “Hopefully it could happen even in the next three or four weeks. It depends on the state of the negotiations, which are moving forward day by day.”

Reporting by Francesca Piscioneri; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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