Airberlin announced today that it will be cutting a number of long-haul routes from Berlin and Dusseldorf after a dramatic drop in bookings following the airline’s entry into bankruptcy proceedings. The airline will be cutting two of its year-round long-haul routes, and ending three other seasonal long-haul flights early.
The airline will cease operating its double daily flights on the Berlin-Abu Dhabi route September 17th, and will cease operations on the Berlin-Chicago O’Hare route from September 30th.
In addition, an airberlin spokesperson said that airberlin “will close Berlin-Los Angeles and Berlin-San Francisco services four weeks earlier than originally planned, now from Oct. 1 onward.” airberlin started both of those flights just earlier this year; San Francisco flights started from March, while Los Angeles flights started from May.
Furthermore, the airline will axe service on the Dusseldorf-Boston route, which is earlier than originally scheduled.
However, airberlin is still planning to operate a majority of its winter schedule. An airberlin spokesperson said that the airline will operate flights from Berlin to New York JFK and Miami, as well as from Dusseldorf to New York JFK, Boston, Miami, Orlando, Fort Myers, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Curacao, Varadero, Havana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Cancun.
The airline currently operates a fleet of 17 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with two Airbus A330-900neo aircraft on order. In other news, Reuters reported earlier today that Lufthansa is looking to take around a dozen of airberlin’s Airbus A330s as well as their transatlantic routes in the event of a carve-up of the airline. Lufthansa is one of at least half a dozen bidders for airberlin’s assets.
Airberlin filed for insolvency on August 15th after Etihad Airways, one of the largest investors in the airline, said it was no longer able to viably support the airline financially. Airberlin is Germany’s second largest carrier.
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