GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- International transportation authorities have permission for an Italian business group to resurrect much of the collapsed airline Alitalia.
The International Air Transport Association in Geneva, Switzerland, gave the all-clear for the Compagnia Aerea Italiana group's plans to buy Alitalia's fight operations, ANSA, the Italian news agency, reported Thursday.
''We had a constructive meeting and I believe we set the stage for a happy ending to this project,'' IATA Chairman Giovanni Bisignani said.
The business group, known as CAI, said it would offer $1.26 billion for Alitalia assets, including the assumption of a $796 million debt.
CAI said it was also planning to purchase Alitalia's service unit, its airport operations, the budget airline Volare and its regional carrier Alitalia Express, ANSA said.