Last Tuesday airberlin filed for insolvency, and since then it has become increasingly clear that the airberlin doesn’t have much of a future. The German government gave airberlin an emergency loan that should last them a few months, though one has to wonder whethter they’ll even keep operating a full schedule till they run out of money. It’s looking more and more like the airline will just be sold off into parts, so I’m not sure how well the money is spent to keep the airline flying for a few more months when it seems to have no future.
Anyway, @airlineroute notes that airberlin has closed reservations for certain transatlantic routes in the winter season, lasting from October 29, 2017, through March 24, 2018. Specifically, the following routes are no longer available for bookings:
- 4x weekly Berlin to New York flights (there’s another daily flight which will continue to operate)
- 5x weekly Berlin to San Francisco flights
- 4x weekly Dusseldorf to Boston flights
- 1x weekly Dusseldorf to Los Angeles flight (there are four other weekly flights that remain open for bookings)
- 2x weekly Dusseldorf to Orlando flights (there are five other weekly flights that remain open for bookings)
In reality, there are decent odds that just about all of airberlin’s flights will cease to operate around November or so, which I guess means the above frequencies are only getting a head start of a few weeks at most.
Airlines do often make seasonal adjustments and cancel routes, so on one hand it’s possible this is just a seasonal adjustment. At the same time, typically adjustments like this would be made more than two months before the start of the season, given the cost and challenges of accommodating passengers on other flights.
So it sure looks to me like this isn’t just a standard seasonal adjustment, but is rather the very beginning of them trying to scale back operations in some markets.