It was a tearful farewell. At the end of last October, the last AirBerlin flight took off. The once second-largest German airline was history after almost 40 years.
Profits have plunged at Ryanair and Easyjet, while 43% of troubled tour operator Thomas Cook's summer holidays remain unsold. The travel sector can only lick its wounds and wait out the Brexit uncertainty.
Ryanair has become the first noncoal company to join Europe’s top 10 carbon emitters. The Irish airliner is "the new coal," one expert said.
As Air Berlin faces being broken up, a number of other airlines are jostling to buy up the leftovers of what was once Germany's second largest carrier. Ryanair seems to prefer staying on the sidelines sulking.
Air Berlin's filing for insolvency after Etihad withdrew its financial support has created an uncertain future. Staff and clients, including Berlin's new BER airport, face an anxious few months.
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