June 14, 2019 / 3:39 PM / 4 months ago

Italy's Salvini prefers transportation group as Alitalia partner

MILAN, June 14 (Reuters) - Deputy Italian Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday an infrastructure or transportation group would be his preferred partner for troubled carrier Alitalia.

He added that he had reservations about a possible involvement of Lazio soccer club chairman Claudio Lotito, who submitted an expression of interest for the airline this week.

Italy's state-owned railway group Ferrovie dello Stato is spearheading an effort to set up a consortium of investors to buy Alitalia, which is managed by administrators.

Sources told Reuters that infrastructure group Atlantia could join the consortium as it seeks to mend its relationship with the government following the deadly collapse of one of its bridges in northern Italy last August. (Reporting by Francesca Piscioneri, Writing by Francesca Landini; Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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