Air Berlin Cancels More Long-haul Routes

Jon Howard
September 13, 2017

Passengers booked to travel on the cancelled services as part of a package deal should contact their tour operator, Air Berlin said in a statement. This disrupted some 12,000 passengers, the company said.

"We are in the middle of final negotiations with potential investors".

"VC is convinced that talks about a social plan for an orderly staff transfer is the only way to safeguard as many jobs as possible", says the union, adding that it has urged its members at Air Berlin to honour obligations in their labour contracts unless there is an "acute reason" to call in sick.

In an internal memo, chief operations officer Oliver Iffert said: "We must return to stable operations".

In the meantime, the airline has been kept aloft by a hastily-agreed 150-million-euro loan from the German government.

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They announced the cancellation of more than 100 flights on Tuesday. A decision on the fate of Air Berlin could come as quickly as September 21, three days before the German national election. "Air Berlin has informed us on short notice that numerous flights operated by Air Berlin. can not be staffed", says Eurowings.

The company has been under intense pressure following the move by its largest shareholder Etihad, which has a 29.2pc stake, to refuse to plough more cash into the ailing business.

Lufthansa's low-priced subsidiary Eurowings, which is renting aircraft as well as pilot and crew from Air Berlin, has also been forced to cancel some flights.

Former Formula One driver Niki Lauda is also interested in buying back Niki, the Austrian airline he founded, which merged with Air Berlin six years ago.

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