Italian budget airline Wind Jet suspends flights

  • Italian cash-strapped budget airline Wind Jet suspended all its flights on Sunday, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.

    At Rome's Fiumicino airport, some 200 Israeli nationals, who had been due to return to Tel Aviv, spent the night at the terminal.

    Another five flights to destinations across Italy were also cancelled.

    The Sicilian firm could lose its operating licence after takeover talks with Alitalia, Italy's national airline, failed.

    Alitalia walked out of the discussions that begun several months ago after Windjet boss Stefano Rantuccio accused it of attempting to impose unfavorable conditions on his company.

    The crisis is set to worsen as around 300,000 passengers across Italy have booked tickets with Wind Jet over the next coming weeks.

    Alitalia says it will help Wind Jet passengers find alternative flights but with additional payments.