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.
Italy's government is leaning toward Germany's flagship carrier as the number one candidate to take over the country's insolvent airline Alitalia, with a minister calling Lufthansa's bid the "most promising."
Benefiting from low fuel costs, strong demand and the collapse of Air Berlin, the German flag carrier has reported record profits for 2017. But the air is getting thinner at the top of the European aviation business.
Lufthansa has canceled hundreds of flights on Tuesday, as Germany braces for mass public sector strikes. Germany's largest airport in Frankfurt has warned of "significant delays and cancellations."
Irish budget carrier Ryanair has announced it's buying a stake in new Austrian leisure airline Laudamotion. The move will help Ryanair secure a bigger foothold in Germany and Austria where it competes with Lufthansa.
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