Company Watch - AirBerlin.
Airberlin criticizes postponement of airport opening . airberlin has expressed great disappointment at the announcement that the opening of the airport will be postponed. airberlin has planned all its infrastructural measures and flight schedules for 3rd June this year at the new airport Berlin Brandenburg. Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO airberlin, said: OWe have to work around the change of plan, which presents us with a huge challenge. It presents immense logistical problems for all involved and will also cause additional costs which have yet to be calculated.O The new airberlin hub is conceived in such a way that airberlin aircraft fly to Berlin from different locations in a system of six traffic waves each day. airberlin passengers are thus able to change planes and continue their flights in a very short time. This system is exactly tailored to the conditions at BER and cannot simply be put into operation at Tegel Airport. Just last Friday, airberlinOs Board of Management visited the new airport and all parties concerned were confident that BER would go into operation on the 3rd June as planned. It is also clear to airberlin that the safety of passengers must take utmost priority. Mehdorn: OWe will now discuss the new situation with the BER management and bring our customers up to date as quickly as possible.O May 8, 2012
Air Berlin April Passenger Count Down 4.3 Pct. Air Berlin, the German airline partly owned by Gulf carrier Etihad, said passenger numbers fell 4.3 percent in April, although it was able fill more seats on its planes in the month. Germany's second largest airline after Lufthansa carried 2.66 million passengers in April. Its load factor climbed 2 percentage points to 78.0 percent, while the number of seats it offered fell 6.7 percent. Air Berlin has been trying to shrink itself back to profitability by cutting routes, seats and delaying plane orders. May 7, 2012
AirBerlin wants to extend BER opening until October. AirBerlin said it wants to extend the delayed opening of Berlin Brandenburg International (BER) until the start of the winter schedule by the end of October. OTo do it well [the delayed opening] this has to take some time. When the summer travel time is over, all airlines change from summer to winter schedule,O CEO Hartmut Mehdorn said Friday during the opening ceremony of its new 3X-weekly Berlin Tegel[ETH]Los Angeles, Calif. service. By next week, airport officials plan to announce the new opening date. So far, it has said the opening will occur in the second half of August. May 7, 2012
Air Berlin asks Tegel for longer operating hours. Air Berlin (AB), the biggest airline customer at Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL), has asked officials to reduce its night curfew as it scrambles with other German airlines to deal with the logistical dilemma caused by the delayed opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER). AB wants TXL to adjust its night closure to midnight to 5 a.m. from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. BER, which was scheduled to open June 3, postponed its opening to late summer due to technical issues concerning fire protection installations. May 11, 2012
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