Italian carrier Meridiana Fly has confirmed that it is in talks with Alitalia over a possible partnership.
Responding to a report in Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, which claims that Alitalia is in negotiations with a view to acquiring Meridiana Fly, the carrier says it "wishes to clarify that the company's future lies with national and international partnerships, as indicated by its controlling shareholder", the Aga Khan Fund for International Development.
Meridiana adds that talks with Alitalia "should be considered in that context", but points out that "at this stage, no partnership agreement exists and no decision has been taken".
Meridiana Fly was formed in March 2010 through the merger of Meridiana and Eurofly.
Alitalia declines to comment.