Milan/London — Italy’s state-controlled railway Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) said on Wednesday that it would start negotiations with Delta Air Lines and easyJet to draft a rescue plan for struggling carrier Alitalia. Alitalia was put under special administration in 2017 after workers rejected the latest in a long line of rescue plans, leaving the government once again seeking a buyer to save the airline. It will be the third rescue in a decade. FS said in a statement that both Delta and easyJet have confirmed their interest in being the railway group’s industrial partners in the Alitalia deal. EasyJet confirmed that it was in discussions with FS and Delta about forming a consortium to explore options for the future of Alitalia, but added there was “no certainty at this stage that any transaction will proceed”. Delta also confirmed that it has submitted a “general and non-binding letter of interest” to FS. FS has always said it is willing to put in an offer for Alitalia provided it was ...

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