Alitalia sees 200 bn red in first 2 mths (2)

Almost half whole of 2016 losses

(ANSA) - Rome, July 13 - Alitalia lost 200 million euros in the first two months of 2017, sources said Wednesday. This was just under half of the losses the ailing former Italian flag-carrier suffered in the whole of 2016. Alitalia is in the hands of special commissioners and undergoing painful restructuring while seeking investors.
    Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary said three weeks ago the Irish budget airline would be interested in buying Alitalia if its commissioners make "major changes and restructuring".
    He said that if this was not the case, "we're not interested".
    The CEO said Ryanair would only buy if they can get a majority of the troubled Italian airline, saying Etihad was already "out of the game".
    O'Leary added that "we're not interested in buying possible slots".