October 23, 2019 / 2:58 PM / a month ago

Italy extends deadline for Alitalia binding bid to Nov. 21

ROME, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Italy's industry ministry has extended to Nov. 21 the deadline to present a binding bid for troubled carrier Alitalia, it said on Wednesday.

A previous deadline expired on Oct. 15 without an agreement among potential rescuers, which comprise so far state-owned railway group Ferrovie dello Stato, U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines and infrastructure group Atlantia.

The ministry asked Alitalia administrators to be directly involved in talks among potential rescuers and to receive daily updates on the progress of the negotiations.

Last week, two people with knowledge of the matter said Germany's Lufthansa could step in. (Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte, writing by Francesca Piscioneri)

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