(Clarifies in second paragraph that Etihad investment in 2014
was 560 million as part of wider 1.8 billion deal)
MILAN Dec 22 Alitalia and creditor banks have
struck a deal on the financial resources required to keep the
Italian airline afloat, sources close to the matter told
Reuters on Thursday.
Controlling investor Etihad Airways, which holds a 49
percent stake, is struggling to relaunch the loss-making carrier
since investing 560 million euros ($585 million) as part of a
wider 1.8 billion euro rescue deal in 2014.
Alitalia is losing half a million euros a day and is far
from returning to profitability by next year, as pledged by
Etihad two years ago.
Italian shareholders, including Italy's two biggest banks
UniCredit and Intesa Sanpaolo, hold a
combined 51 percent share.
($1 = 0.9576 euros)
(Reporting by Alberto Sisto, writing by Giulia Segreti, editing
by Steve Scherer)