PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR TOURISM AND ALITALIA SOCIETAe AEREA ITALIANA S.p.A.

Air Malta and Alitalia have jointly decided to terminate the talks which would have led to Alitalia becoming a 49% shareholder in Malta’s national carrier.

The two airlines agreed that the current changing landscape in the airline industry was not ideal for such a transaction and that both airlines would concentrate on the current challenges without entering into a partnership together.

Air Malta and Alitalia will continue to collaborate closely commercially through an extensive code-sharing programme already in place.

Source: Government of Malta