Insolvent airberlin will leave the group of Oneworld carriers from October 28, 2017 when the airline ceases operation. The alliance confirmed the news and added that airberlin affiliate NIKI, which joined Oneworld in March 2012 together with airberlin, will cease flying for the alliance as of the same date.
The oneworld alliance will continue its operation in more than 1,000 airports in nearly 160 countries worldwide. They will lose some spots in Austria and Germany as a result of the withdrawal of airberlin and NIKI but their presence in the countries will remain strong. There are ten other oneworld airlines that perform flights between the two countries and link them with the rest of the global network of the alliance.
The troubled German carrier had to file for insolvency on August 15, since one of its main stakeholders Etihad Airways withdrew its financing. As a result airberlin announced on October 9 that it would end operations from October 28.
On October 12 Lufthansa signed a deal to buy part of airberlin’s assets, that include the affiliate NIKI, for €210 million ($249 million).