EasyJet has submitted a revised expression of interest for a restructured Alitalia
Lufthansa joins easyJet in expressing revised interest in Alitalia
Lufthansa has joined easyJet in expressing interest in struggling Italian carrier Alitalia, the airlines said on Tuesday.
EasyJet said it has submitted a revised expression of interest for a restructured Alitalia as part of a consortium, declining to provide further details.
Lufthansa then said it has submitted a document setting out its ideas for a "new" Alitalia. "We can imagine further talks being held on this basis," a spokesman said.
Alitalia said it had received three bids.
Germany-based Lufthansa had previously said it would only be interested in a restructured Alitalia.
Alitalia entered insolvency proceedings last year and the Italian government has since been seeking new investors. The sale process has been delayed as a result of last month's elections.
Bloomberg News, citing a source, reported that easyJet is teaming up with private equity firm Cerberus and Air France-KLM for its bid for Alitalia, but Air France-KLM said it had no interest in bidding.
"Air France-KLM denies any interest to do a bid on Alitalia," a spokeswoman for the Franco-Dutch group said by email when asked about the report. (Reporting by Victoria Bryan, Tim Hepher, Agnieszka Flak, editing by Larry King and Sandra Maler)