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.
Holiday travelers in Germany ought to brace themselves for an uncomfortable summer: Germany’s airline industry is suffering a sharp increase in delays and cancellations. Carriers face multi-million damage claims.
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.
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.
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