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Windjet passengers suffer more delays amid takeover trouble

Low-cost carrier close to bankruptcy

Windjet passengers suffer more delays amid takeover trouble

(ANSA) - Rome, August 10 - Passengers travelling with the Sicilian low-cost carrier Windjet suffered further disruption Friday after the near-bankrupt airline cancelled four flights. Over 460 passengers were left stranded at Rome's Fiumicino airport after Windjet cancelled flights to Catania and Palermo. Alitalia, which is in negotiations to purchase the airline, managed to accommodate most but not all of the passengers on special substitute flights. Delays have also been anounced on two Windjet flights to Palermo and Catania on Friday evening. On Friday representatives of the struggling low-cost carrier founded by Catania football club owner Antonino Pulvirenti failed to attend a meeting with Italian civil aviation authority officials for the second consecutive day after being summoned to demonstrate that the airline's operations plan is adequate "to prevent cancellations and prolonged delays to flights and consequent disservice to passengers" while negotiations for the takeover by Alitalia contine. Alitalia is still waiting for Windjet to hand over necessary documentation, including certificates pertaining to the maintenance of its fleet of 12 Airbuses, which is required to establish a purchase price for the airline.

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