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Air Berlin’s death throws are finally coming to an end, with news reports in both Reuters and Bloomberg confirming that the airline is to cease all flight operations on October 28, 2017. The announcement finally puts to bed the sorry story of Air Berlin, which filed for insolvency along with its frequent flyer program Top Bonus a couple of months back.
After that came the rumors that the airline would be scrapping its long-haul operations in October, followed by the confirmation that long-haul operations would cease on October 15. Rumors then surfaced that the airline was to stop flying in early November, as attempts to rescue it and the different bids over its assets where considered, and now the rumors have been confirmed that the airline will be finally put out of its misery on October 28.
The biggest winner from Air Berlin’s demise will be Lufthansa which is hoovering up quite a few of its planes and routes. While EasyJet was initially in the running for some of the routes and planes, it appears the airline is now focusing more on the UK market after the collapse of Monarch airlines last week, which left more than 100,000 people stranded overseas.
Air Berlin has advised its employees to start looking for alternate employment, and the company through the administrators is taking as many steps as possible to find other employment for its 8,600 staff.
It is never good news to see an airline go under, however with all the uncertainty around Air Berlin, and the fact that it took months for the airline to cease operations finally, it is probably a positive that there is a certainty now and both employees and passengers can move along with their lives.
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