A meeting of Alitalia’s 22 shareholders is likely to vote through the latest rescue, made all the more controversial after the Italian government corralled the state-owned post office, Poste Italiane, to stump up around €75m for the debt-laden carrier.
The involvement of Poste Italiane has already triggered a complaint from the European Low Fare Airlines Association (ELFAA), a Brussels-based group whose members include Ryanair, easyJet and Flybe.
ELFAA maintains that Poste Italiane’s investment is a clear breach of European state aid rules.
The bail-out is also expected to see a fundamental restructuring of the shareholder base after Air France-KLM refused to participate in the latest rescue of Alitalia, which has more than €1bn debts.
Air France-KLM said it would not inject more cash unless there were big changes to operations and strategy.
Today’s bail-out is likely to see Italian banking group Intesa Sanpaolo emerge with about 23pc of the company, Poste Italiane take 18pc and Unicredit about 11pc.