ROME (Reuters) – The Italian government would welcome German carrier Lufthansa <LHAG.DE> taking a stake in Alitalia, a government source said on Thursday.
Two other sources close to the matter said earlier that Lufthansa has expressed a willingness to join the rescue of the Italian loss-making carrier.
Alitalia received a commitment on Tuesday from Italian toll-road operator Atlantia <ATL.MI> and state railways Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) to each take a stake provided a number of conditions were met.
Italy on Thursday granted the troubled airline a new bridge loan of 350 million euros for six months.
(Stefano Bernabei, editing by Gavin Jones)