Berlin Tegel

Air Berlin postpones USA route amid airline restructuring

Air Berlin is in the middle of a large-scale restructering process. The airline has also recently changed the service provider in Berlin, which caused the Berlin – San Francisco route to be postponed.

April 13, 2017
Air Berlin jets will soon fly to Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Photo: Air Berlin

Due to the continued ground handling problems at Berlin-Tegel Airport, the start date for the Berlin – San Francisco routes will be postponed from 1 May to 29 May 2017.

Air Berlin had recently changed the service provider in Berlin. Since 26 March 2017 AeroGround, a wholly owned subsidiary of Flughafen München GmbH, is responsible for ground handling services.

The other US-bound flight from Tegel, the Berlin – Los Angeles route, is set to start operating from the middle of May – twice a week.

The airline is in the middle of a large-scale restructering. Last month, the majority of Air Berlin’s tourist routes were reassigned to Niki, its Austrian subsidiary. The airlines are set to merge to a new brand which will also include TUIfly.

Thomas Winkelmann, Air Berlin’s new CEO said in a statement regarding the postponement of the LA-route: “I have decided to postpone the starting dates of the new long-haul routes due to the current difficulties in Berlin-Tegel. Our new service provider AeroGround can use the extra time to improve their performance so that we can again offer a good and stable product to our passengers and especially to our transfer passengers. We regret the current inconvenience for our guests.” (LEW)

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