Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
CATANIA

Alitalia, Windjet offices searched

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Catania, November 7 - Italian tax police on
Wednesday searched offices of Italian flag-carrying airline
Alitalia and bankrupt Sicilian airline Windjet in a probe into
this summer's failed takeover talks.
Catania prosecutors have opened a file against "person or
persons unknown" and no one has been placed under investigation.
Last month Italy's civil aviation agency said it had
received no requests by anyone wanting to resume Windjet's
business despite reports that it was being given a new life, .
The National Civil Aviation Authority said it had not
received any request for a new licence that would permit Windjet
or a Newco to take flight.
And if such a request was received, the agency said it
would be bound by European regulations to carefully confirm the
new company's "financial, technical and operational
sustainability".
However, Windjet owner Nino Santos told newspaper La
Sicilia that he had a provisional licence to resurrect the
low-cost carrier under a new name, Aero Sicilian, while
retaining the W brand on its planes.
Flights are provisionally scheduled to resume December 5.
Windjet declared bankruptcy in August, stranding
thousands of passengers and leaving many more holding worthless
tickets.
Meanwhile, a Sicilian politician recently warned that
although a new carrier might save Windjet jobs, it should not
expect financial support from the government.
"The Windjet story must be resolved, but not by asking
Sicilians to put their hands in their pockets," warned Simona
Vicari, provincial coordinator of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's
People of Freedom party in Palermo.
Angry Windjet workers have been fighting for their jobs
since the carrier collapsed under the weight of debt reaching
about 140 million euros.

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