Air Berlin Announces Jobs Cuts

Airberlin, a Germany-based airline company, is aiming for a job cut of around 900 employees.

The airline, which is suffering from financial losses, expects to cut costs and improve its financials through the job cuts, which are part of its new transformation plan, Turbine.

The airline, in a statement, said, ‘The negotiations for the restructuring programme and the planned personnel measures with the staff committees are already in place. The management of Air Berlin will implement ‘turbine’, together with the employees and in a constructive dialogue with employee representatives and those discussions in the coming months to give the highest priority.

The programme covers all business sectors and thus the relations with our business partners. Also including a reduction of about 900 jobs is provided, with compulsory redundancies can not be excluded.’

The airline is planning to develop its hubs at Berlin and Dusseldorf further to offer more long haul routes. It will also be retaining its operations at the airports of Vienna, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and Zurich as its core stations within the network, after the transformation process.

In December 2012, airberlin increased its load by 3.1% compared to the same period in 2011, with a decrease in capacity by 12.1% to 2,375,083 seats over the respective months.

The airline is partly (29%) owned by Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways, and only last week saw the appointment of former Bmi chief, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, as its new chief executive officer.

The airline is planning to reduce its fleet from a current level of 158 aircraft to 142 in next two years.

In the UK, the airline is offering services to London Stansted, Guernsey, Jersey, and Manchester.

Air Berlin Announces New Service to Kaliningrad in Russia

Air Berlin, the Germany-based airline company, is currently offering a new route, from Berlin in Germany to Kaliningrad, in Russia.

The airline will be flying the new route three times per week, having commenced the service on June 5, 2012.

Opening the new route, the airline chief executive officer, Hartmut Mehdorn, said, ‘The economic relations between Germany and Russia continue to grow, and this means an increased demand for air travel, especially in the market sector of business travel. No other airline connects these two cities non-stop from Germany. Our new route between Berlin and Kaliningrad fills this gap in the European route network.’

Dr. Till Bunse, director of marketing and public relations for Berlin Brandenburg Airport, said, ‘We are pleased that airberlin will fly non-stop from Berlin to Kaliningrad. For business travellers, the new route is an especially important addition to our Eastern European offerings.

Furthermore, travellers from Russia can transfer in Berlin and continue on airberlin flights in all directions.’

The airline will also be offering a new route from September 15, 2012, between Poland and Lithuania. Currently the Berlin hub is offering flights to and from Dusseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich in Germany; as well as to Vienna (Austria), Milan (Italy), Paris (France), and Scandinavia. The new route will connect all of the existing routes to Kaliningrad, in Russia.

Andrey V Zverev, ambassador and trade representative of the Russian Federation in the Federal Republic of Germany, said, ‘The opening of a new route between Berlin and Kaliningrad affirms the expansion of political, economic, scientific and cultural relations between our countries. As an airline, airberlin has already proven itself to be a reliable partner with high service quality. Therefore, we welcome this new route.’

Air Berlin Unhappy at Delay in Opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport

Air Berlin, a Germany-based airline company, has expressed its disappointment at delays in the opening of the Berlin Brandenburg airport (BER), in Germany.

The new airport was slated to open on June 3, 2012, but the opening has been delayed due to problems with its fire safety systems. The new airport will be replacing Berlin’s Tegel and Schonefeld airports.

A new opening date for the airport is yet to be announced, and sources say that it might even be after the German summer holidays.

Air Berlin chief executive officer, Hartmut Mehdorn, said, ‘The situation is extremely tricky, as we have to contact at least one million passengers individually to inform them about their airport of departure or arrival. In addition, Air Berlin’s expanded and more ambitious flight schedule, planned for BER, now has to be handled using the old infrastructure at Tegel Airport, in the summer season, of all times. We must apologise to our passengers for this temporary arrangement, we ourselves are finding it difficult to live with.

We are still looking forward to the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport, where we will be able to provide our passengers with a much improved service. But to do this, we need a new and reliable date for the opening of the airport, preferably after the end of our summer schedule.’

The airline has set up a special Task Force to adapt the expanded flight schedule that was originally implemented for operation from the new airport, to the systems and conditions that are on offer at Berlin-Tegel airport.