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Air Berlin names the day for final flight before shutdown

Air BerlinRepresentatives at Air Berlin say the carrier’s logo will be consigned to history when its last flight lands on the 28 October. The German airline declared bankruptcy back in August and has been surviving on government handouts ever since so the latest news hardly comes as a big surprise.

Passengers’ entitlements to refunds on purchased tickets depend on when they bought them. Those who purchased prior to the 15 August 2017 bankruptcy declaration will get nothing while those who bought after will get their money back or be reticketed on other flights.

The management of what once was one of the biggest airlines in Europe says negotiations to sell part of its operations to Lufthansa are still ongoing. Representatives have told staff to start looking for alternate employment as the likelihood of any future owner retaining their services is slim.

The news update says that while the AB flight code will be retired on the twenty eighth there are no plans to close its two affiliates. This means Vienna-based Niki and German regional carrier LGW will keep flying for the time being.

The signs of trouble on the horizon first emerged when Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways pulled the plug on is strategic partnership with Air Berlin. Air Berlin then slashed half of its 140 routes as part of a drastic restructuring exercise.

Times are hard for European airlines and 31 have stopped flying in the last five years. The latest casualty was Monarch Airlines. Air industry analysts claim the ever-increasing number of budget airlines competing for passengers has turned it into a cut-throat business.

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