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Article from BTNews 22 AUGUST 2011

Air Berlin crisis

Potential oneworld partner, loss making Air Berlin, seems to be in some sort of crisis with the resignation last week of founder Joachim Hunold and the announcement of an eight aircraft reduction of it fleet.  Staff will be reduced too.

The move of its London to Hannover route from Stansted to Gatwick has not proved the outstanding success first predicted, easyJet and British Airways providing stiff competition.  That has definitely gone.  The Gatwick service to Nuremburg seems to have survived the cull although Air Berlin was not able to confirm details of the ex-UK operation at the time of going to press.  Manchester is definitely dropped with the loss of Paderborn flights.

Indications are that the introduction of a German airline tax and a general downgrading of the economy has not helped the airline.  Egypt was an important market for Air Berlin and this has been decimated.  Whether the 2012 oneworld relationship is still on course remains to be seen, likewise the British Airways route sharing arrangement. www.airberlin.com

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