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Embattled Alitalia Attracts Approaches From EasyJet, Lufthansa

  • U.K. airline submits interest for ‘restructured’ carrier
  • Italian operator is on state support and searching for rescue
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Alitalia SpA has attracted interest from a host of European rivals including budget carrier EasyJet Plc and Deutsche Lufthansa AG of Germany as part of a government-led rescue effort for the cash-strapped Italian airline.

Alitalia, which is based in Rome, has said it received three offers, without specifying from whom. Lufthansa confirmed Wednesday submitting a document, while EasyJet, which is Europe’s second-biggest low-cost airline, said Tuesday its “revised expression of interest” was made as part of a consortium, without naming the other members. Both carriers referred to a restructured version of Alitalia.