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Alitalia Successor ITA Says Government Near to Decision on Buyer

ITA expects to have about 3,000 employees by September, ahead of the planned entry into service.

ITA expects to have about 3,000 employees by September, ahead of the planned entry into service.

Photographer: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

The Italian government is likely to select a buyer for new national airline Italia Trasporto Aereo in the “next few weeks,” according to the carrier’s chief executive officer, Fabio Lazzerini.

ITA, the successor to failed Alitalia SpA, expects a transaction to be completed by the end of the year, Lazzerini said in an interview on the sidelines of the International Air Transport Association’s annual gathering in Doha.