German passenger carriers have been left reeling, as the national government implemented a new levy on flight tickets. As part of a wider austerity drive, German chancellor Angela Merkel stated the tax would raise €1 billion by 2014.
Air Berlin, Germany’s second largest airline is introducing a new route between London Stansted and Salzburg, Austria from 2nd December 2010.
Air Berlin has confirmed plans to expand its stake in Austrian partner FlyNiki to 49.9 per cent, in a deal worth €21 million on the German SDax stock exchange.
Recently, Bangkok Airways and Air Berlin jointly announced the first codeshare agreement between the two airlines which is set to fly passengers nine weekly flights from Germany (Dusseldorf, Berlin-Tegel, Munich) to Bangkok.
Air Berlin and TUIfly have ditched plans for a cross-shareholding. However the planned takeover of TUIfly’s city carrier business by Air Berlin would still proceed, leaving the charter sector as TUIfly.
Air Berlin has reported a 33% jump in profits the second quarter, to €17.6m from €13.2m in the same period last year. But the airline says it is shelving plans to sell its freight unit due to lack of interest, and may also cancel its order for 25 Boeing 787s because of delivery delays.
Breaking Travel News interviews Titus Johnson, General Manager UK & Ireland for Air Berlin. Air Berlin has been very successful with the corporate market in the UK offering competitive fares across Europe. The interview was conducted by Breaking Travel News at the Business Travel Show, Earls Court, London.