ROME (Reuters) - A six-month delay in the government’s decision over the future of Alitalia would only worsen the carrier’s situation, one of the state-appointed commissioners managing the ailing airline said on Tuesday.
“I am not aware that there is an intention to procrastinate, but postponing a decision that must be taken one way or the other would only make problems worse,” said Luigi Gubitosi.
On Saturday a government source said that Italy was working on extending by as much as six months a Dec. 15 deadline for Alitalia to repay a 900 million euro ($1 billion) loan meant to keep the airline afloat while it searches for a buyer.
Alitalia was put under special administration last year and Rome has since been looking for a buyer.
The sale was supposed to be concluded by April, but the deadline was moved to the end of October due to a general election in March and a change of government.
Reporting by Massimiliano Di Giorgio, writing by Giulia Segreti, editing by Valentina Za