Air Berlin will cease long-haul flights in the coming weeks as the insolvent German carrier gradually winds down. Some domestic German routes are set to be cut by the end of this week, and all inter-continental services will end on Oct. 15 as lessors recall a fleet of Airbus SE A330 wide-body jets.
Customers are still buying tickets to fly with Germany’s second-largest carrier, though longer-term bookings are all but non-existent, Air Berlin Chief Executive Officer Thomas Winkelmann said at a briefing in the German capital.
Lufthansa, which has said only that it aims to take on about 3,000 workers from its rival, is bidding for Vienna-based leisure unit Niki and the LGW turboprop arm, as well as parts of the main business. EasyJet is interested in areas including operations at Berlin Tegel airport. Talks will continue with potential buyers of other assets, including Thomas Cook Group Plc’s Condor division.
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