airberlin files for insolvency | German Government offers support | airberlin & NIKI continues flight operations


Long waiting times for security checks at Dusseldorf Airport

Waiting times for security checks at Düsseldorf airport currently take up to 60 minutes. airberlin kindly asks their passengers to take this into account when planning their travels. Security checks lie in the responsibility of the federal police and falls outside the influence of the airlines. In order to maintain a stable flight operation it is unfortunately mostly not possible to wait for passengers who arrive late for boarding of their flight. We regret the inconvenience for our passengers.

airberlin has filed to commence insolvency proceedings under self-administration at the local District Court (Amtsgericht) of Berlin-Charlottenburg on the 15th of August 2017, in order to continue with the restructuring process that is already underway.

The Federal German Government, Lufthansa and other partners are supporting airberlin in its restructuring efforts. The Federal Government is supporting airberlin with a bridging loan to maintain flight operations for the long-term.

This means:

• All flights operated by airberlin and NIKI will continue as planned
• The flight schedule remains valid
• Bookings remain valid
• All flights can still be booked

Negotiations with Lufthansa and other partners regarding the acquisition of business

units of airberlin are far advanced and highly promising. These negotiations may be
finalised shortly.

Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of airberlin: “We are working tirelessly to achieve the best
possible outcome for the company, our customers and employees, given the situation.”
The background of the announcement is the notification by Etihad that it no longer
intends to provide airberlin with financial support.