The European Commission has cleared the merger of Alitalia and Etihad Airways, the two carriers announced Friday. The merger clearance was under EU Regulation No. 139/2004, allowing the carriers to proceed with the proposed strategic partnership announced in August. The long-mooted deal between Etihad Airways and SkyTeam member Alitalia came to fruition Aug. 8 in a complex transaction worth €1.75 billion ($2.35 billion), which saw the Abu-Dhabi-based carrier take a 49% stake in Alitalia ...

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