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Lupi accuses Lufthansa of being 'afraid of competition'

German airline moves to block Alitalia-Etihad deal

03 February, 14:21
Lupi accuses Lufthansa of being 'afraid of competition' (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, February 3 - Italian Transportation Minister Maurizio Lupi on Monday accused Lufthansa of being "afraid of competition" after the German carrier called on the European Commission to halt the planned investment of Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways in troubled Italian airline Alitalia.

Lupi defended negotiations between Alitalia and Etihad in a statement, saying they were "between private parties".

He also shot back at Lufthansa's allegation that the deal would use State aid in disguise to break competition rules.

"State aid? Circumvention (of competition rules)? It seems rather that it is Lufthansa that fears the competition," Lupi said.