It seems another part of the Air Berlin fallout has hit the floor, with Niki having to suspend operations as of 14th December.
The airline itself is filing for insolvency.
It seems that Niki’s future was dependant on Lufthansa gaining control of it, and merging it into one of their airlines. WIth the European Commission shaking their heads in disagreement – Lufthansa walked away from the airline, forcing it to suspend operation.
Reuters has the full story.
The following notice has been posted on Niki’s site:
Niki had 2 Airbus A320s and 15 Airbus A321s in its fleet, which will need new homes.
More importantly, passengers are going to be stranded. Eurowings (a division of Lufthansa) are offering rescue fares to Germany or Austria. Other airlines are taking part too.
Details (in German) can be found at https://www.eurowings.com/de/informieren/aktuelle-meldungen.html#message_0
It’s been a tough year this year, with Monarch, Air Berlin, Darwin and now Niki going to wall (as well as Aliatlia seemingly on the edge as always).
For now, if you have a flight booked with Niki…. look elsewhere to fly. This is one more airline that has flown for the last time.
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