Aeroflot says 'nyet' to Alitalia

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Russian carrier Aeroflot has withdrawn from the bidding process for Italian airline Alitalia, ending months of speculation of a possible takeover. In a press release, Aeroflot said, "Aeroflot believes that acquiring Alitalia under the current conditions would not be the right decision for it to take."

According to the airline, two reasons that led to the decision were the fact that Aeroflot did not get access to "critical information" regarding the "commercial and operational aspects of Alitalia’s business to confidently formulate a well supported business proposal to successfully restructure Alitalia". Another reason: "The conditions and requirements outlined for the privatization process would significantly limit the ability of Aeroflot to implement what Aeroflot believes to be the necessary measures to re-launch Alitalia."

This leaves Lufthansa-backed Italian carrier Air One as the only airline left in the bidding as of now.