Although the Italian government reduced its stake in Alitalia below 50% in its recent recapitalization (ATWOnline, Nov. 14, 2005), new Transport Minister Alessandro Bianchi felt justified in calling for a change in management at the struggling flag carrier, which reported a widened €156.6 million ($200 million) first-quarter loss last week that it attributed largely to the impact of protests by Alitalia Servizi workers. The airline said bad weather and the January strikes knocked ...

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