(Clarifies in second paragraph that Etihad investment in 2014 was 560 million as part of wider 1.8 billion deal)
MILAN, Dec 22 (Reuters) - 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