Air Berlin to Discontinue Long-Haul Flights

By Paul Riegler on 25 September 2017
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IMG_9265Air Berlin announced that it will cease all of its long-haul flights by October 15. The move follows notice from aircraft leasing companies that plan to take back their Airbus A330 aircraft as a result of Air Berlin’s bankruptcy filing last month.

Key routes that will be discontinued include the carrier’s Düsseldorf-Los Angeles service, as well as its flights from Düsseldorf to Mexico and the Caribbean. Service from Berlin to Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco will also be cancelled.

The carrier is expected to discontinue additional routes after October 16.

Passengers who purchased tickets for the soon-to-be cancelled flights will receive cancellation or rebooking confirmations. Those who booked a ticket directly with Air Berlin after August 15 will be reimbursed, although those who purchased tickets prior to August 15 will not be eligible for a refund.

Air Berlin filed for bankruptcy after its largest shareholder, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, said it would pull the plug on financing the carrier. The move came after years of unsuccessful turnaround attempts at the Berlin-based carrier and comes at the height of the summer travel season.

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