12 September, 2017

Airberlin Ends Caribbean Flights

The troubled insolvent airline airberlin will end its Caribbean long -haul flight schedule from Dusseldorf from 25th September 2017.  

This drastic action is a direct result of the airlines' reduction of its long-haul fleet which became necessary due to the current preliminary insolvency proceedings.   The routes affected are Curacao (Netherlands Antilles), Cancun (Mexico), Havana and Varadero (Cuba) as well as Punta Cana and Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic).

The airline asks that passengers booked as part of package deals to contact their tour operator or travel agent and those that booked directly with the airline after the filing for insolvency proceedings on 15th August 2017, will be reimbursed without charge.  However, those that have tickets issued before the filing for insolvency proceedings will not be reimbursed due to insolvency law regulations.

A few days ago, airberlin also announced cancellations of a number of individual long-haul flights. These cancellations will also be brought forward to 25 September 2017. This affects connections between Berlin and Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as Dusseldorf and Boston. 

As pilots stage a mass 'sickness' today the future for the airline to be rescued as a going concern in full or near full capacity has receded almost zero and it is believed that one potential investor has backed away due to the unofficial action by pilots.  The disruption caused to passengers today by the pilots and the future unannounced action they are planning on top of the disastrous financial predicament of the airline has or is turning the airberlin brand toxic, making a rescue package much more difficult to be implemented. 

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