The big winner in the Air Berlin disaster is Lufthansa. Those set to lose out are the bankrupt airline's employees - and its passengers. Because less competition means ticket prices are likely to rise.
Germany's flagship carrier has reportedly addressed EU competition concerns over its planned takeover of insolvent rival Air Berlin, offering to give up a substantial number of airport starting and landing slots.
After nearly four decades of plying the skies, Germany's once second-largest airline has stopped operating, with many employees fearing to be left without work amid attempts to sell the remaining assets.
Germany's Lufthansa Group looks set to expand, even as some rival airlines cut back or fall into bankruptcy. It has set its sights on becoming a leading global player. But air travel markets remain fiercely competitive.
Insolvent German carrier Air Berlin has flown its last flight. It was a heartfelt event for many passengers and employees.
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