Aviation expert Jens Flottau discusses the fallout from Air Berlin's insolvency and the next step for the beleaguered airline, with Lufthansa waiting in the wings to acquire Germany's second biggest carrier.
The low-cost airline has launched its first domestic flights in Germany from its new base at Berlin's Tegel Airport. The British carrier has added 19 new routes and joins an already crowded domestic market in Germany.
International Airlines Group, which operates British Airways and Iberia, is the only remaining bidder for insolvent budget carrier Niki, German media have reported, with a contract likely to be signed within days.
Germany's flag carrier is expanding rapidly after taking over a large part of the fleet of insolvent rival Air Berlin. The hiring spree will boost payrolls at both Lufthansa itself and its low-cost subsidiary Eurowings.
Airlines are going out of business but the current consolidation in European aviation is "long overdue" say experts. More change is coming, but, overall, things look good for consumers as competition stays fierce.
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