In light of airberlin’s insolvency filing several weeks ago, the airline is slowly starting to cancel their routes. They have a temporary loan from the German government, but will run out of money soon enough, so are now having to cut their routes.
A couple of weeks ago, airberlin stopped selling seats on longhaul flights out of their Berlin hub for travel as of October 1, 2017. Specifically, they “zeroed out” availability on their flights from Berlin to Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco.
Yesterday I wrote about how airberlin began only selling full fare tickets on many flights out of Dusseldorf, leading me to believe that they’d soon be canceling those routes as well.
Much of what we expected has now been confirmed by the airline. Airberlin announced on Facebook today that they’re canceling flights to Curacao, Cancun, Havana, Varadero, Punta Cana, and Puerto Plata as of September 25, 2017.
Those who booked their ticket after August 15 (when airberlin filed for insolvency) will be reimbursed, while those who had tickets purchased before that day won’t be, due to German law. If you booked before, ideally you have a credit card that offers travel protection, but if you don’t, many should be able to dispute the charge with their credit card company otherwise.
Here’s airberlin’s full announcement on Facebook:
airberlin ends Caribbean flight schedule
airberlin is ending its Caribbean flight schedule from Dusseldorf on 25 September 2017. This brings to an end flights to Curacao (Netherlands Antilles), Cancun (Mexico), Havana and Varadero (Cuba) as well as Punta Cana and Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) from this date.
airberlin kindly asks passengers who booked their flights as part of a package holiday to contact their tour operator for further information. For any tickets bought after the filing for insolvency proceedings on 15th August 2017, we will reimburse the purchase price without charge. Affected passengers are able to submit any additional costs incurred through the website www.airberlin.com/complaint. Tickets that were issued before the filing for insolvency proceedings will not be reimbursed due to insolvency law regulations.
A few days ago, airberlin announced cancellations of a number of individual long-haul flights. These cancellations will also be brought forward to 25 September 2017. This affects connections between Berlin and Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as Dusseldorf and Boston. airberlin apologises for any inconvenience caused by the cancellations.
Background to today’s decision is a reduction of airberlin’s long haul fleet which became necessary due to the current preliminary insolvency proceedings.
As of now, just about the only routes that haven’t been officially canceled are their routes from Dusseldorf to the US, which isn’t too surprising. I imagine Lufthansa would be quite keen to take over those routes.