EasyJet withdraws from potential Alitalia consortium rescue
British no-frills airline easyJet said Monday it had withdrawn from a possible partnership with Italy's Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) and Delta Air Lines to rescue troubled national carrier Alitalia. Britain's biggest low-cost airline added it "remains committed" to Italy, where it currently carries 18.5 million passengers every year and employs 1,400 pilots and crew. FS announced last month that it was in discussions with easyJet and American carrier Delta about a potential rescue deal. EasyJet was said to be mulling with Atlanta-based Delta whether to jointly buy up to 40 percent of the Italian carrier.German airline Lufthansa had also previously expressed an interest in Alitalia, but in October ruled out any deal that involved the Italian state.