The politics of flying



The global airline industry has made an emergency landing in the political arena, with several major airlines lobbying their respective governments for aid. The reception they got was a study in contrasts.

In Europe, the Italian government agreed to guarantee a €400 million emergency loan to the state-controlled airline, Alitalia, to stave off bankruptcy and possible liquidation. Government officials described the loan as “temporary financing” that would be followed by a restructuring plan

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