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We recently reported how the struggling Air Berlin Loyalty Program Top Bonus filed for bankruptcy. The unraveling of the airline continues, with reports in the German press that the company will cease long haul flights from Berlin by the end of September. Although no official announcement has been made, the reports are given more credibility by the fact that Reuters has reported that Lufthansa is set to pick up 17 of the airline’s long haul aircraft, and their associated transatlantic routes.
Which Flights Are Affected
Again, we'd still hope for an official statement, but specific dates have been reported on when these routes will end.
- Berlin – Abu Dhabi – October 1, 2017
- Berlin – Chicago – September 30, 2017
- Berlin – Miami – September 25, 2017
- Berlin – New York – September 25, 2017
- Berlin – Los Angeles – October 1, 2017
- Berlin – San Francisco – October 1, 2017
- Düsseldorf – Boston – October 1, 2017
How to deal with the situation if you have a ticket on one of these flights can be a tricky question as the airline hasn't made a statement about the cancellations publicly. However, if you booked with Air Berlin it is highly recommended that you get in touch with the airline to work with them on a solution. If on the other hand, you have booked through one of Air Berlin’s Oneworld partners (e.g., BA or AA), then you should contact your airline and try and work something out with them.
We'd hope that something would be published on the Air Berlin flight information page, but nothing.
It is never a happy situation when an airline goes under since passengers tend to lose out. If your travel plans are essential, make sure to take independent steps and start scoping out some alternate travel options on top of working it out with the airline.
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