AirBerlin announced today that it is scrapping its Caribbean flight schedule from Düsseldorf on September 25, 2017. This eliminates destinations such as Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles; Cancún, México; Havana, Cuba; Varadero, Cuba; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
Airberlin has already announced plans to close all of its long-haul services from Berlin in addition to these cuts from its Düsseldorf network. This includes the cancellation of service between Berlin and Abu Dhabi. AirBerlin has also decided to cut its services from Berlin to Los Angeles and San Francisco four weeks early; the services will now end on September 25.
Düsseldorf-Boston Logan will also end earlier than originally announced, as will flights from Berlin to Chicago, New York, and Miami. Those services will close on September 25.
Service cancellations on long haul routes are necessary due to current preliminary insolvency proceedings. AirBerlin says that the decision was made to reduce its long-haul fleet and cut costs while it seeks investors to purchase it. The airline has a 150 euro loan from the German government to keep its planes flying through November.
AirBerlin’s fleet currently includes seventeen wide-body A330 aircraft. German flag carrier Lufthansa has expressed interest in purchasing AirBerlin’s long-haul fleet and network, though there are additional bids for the asset and no purchases have been confirmed at the time of writing.
AirBerlin is Germany’s second largest airline. It filed for insolvency last month and currently has multiple bids from both investors and airlines alike for parts or the whole of its assets.
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