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Alitalia staff and passengers kept in the dark

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Alitalia flights are still running, but passengers are being kept in the dark about how long that will last.

The Italian carrier faces liquidation after a group of investors withdrew its offer to buy the company because of union opposition.

It is a blow for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who promised to use his contacts to keep the airline in Italian hands.

Some reports say the country’s civil aviation authority could decide to ground Alitalia within 10 days from Monday.