Three hundred thousand passengers could be left stranded if Sicilian low-budget airline Windjet collapses.
Italy’s civil aviation authority has set up a crisis centre, facilitating other airlines to takeover Windjet’s immediate operations, for which passengers would pay a small cost.
People flying with Windjet have been hit with delays and cancellations all weekend.
“We’ve been waiting. We were supposed to leave at 5.45, but they won’t give us an answer,” complained one man at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.
The beleaguered company’s 500 hundred employees face losing their jobs.
Italy’s minister for economic development is urging Windjet and Alitalia to resume talks in Rome on Tuesday, after negotiations broke down last Friday. The national carrier had spent several months discussing a takeover of Windjet.