Comprehensive reorientation of airberlin (and sale of Niki to Etihad) enables long-term growth


Information on leisure flights with airberlin and NIKI

In future, airberlin will position itself as a network carrier. Domestic routes, flights to European cities and long-haul destinations will remain part of this strategic realignment, and in some cases will be further expanded. The extensive services to and from Italy, operated together with our partner Alitalia, will remain an integral part of the airberlin network.

Flights to popular holiday destinations in Southern Europe, North Africa and Turkey will remain bookable. However, these flights will be operated by NIKI from the beginning of the summer flight schedule 2017.

airberlin will be selling the shares held indirectly in its Austrian subsidiary NIKI to Etihad who will contribute these shares to a planned new European leisure airline group that is scheduled to start operations at the beginning of the 2017 summer flight schedule.

After completion of this planned transaction, the new airberlin will be a more focused carrier operating a total fleet of 75 aircraft.

airberlin will also be more attractive for its passengers: as a dedicated network carrier. airberlin will focus more than ever before on excellent connections to its two hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf, which are served by high-frequency flights from numerous European and domestic airports. In addition to the domestic flights to and from Dusseldorf and Berlin, airberlin will continue to operate decentralised routes such as between Hamburg and Munich, Munich and Cologne, or Stuttgart and Hamburg.

From the start of next year, airberlin will substantially expand its long-haul network, providing even more flights from its hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf to eight destinations in the USA (Boston, Chicago, Fort Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando und San Francisco). In addition, passengers can continue to book attractive flights with airberlin to Abu Dhabi, Cancun, Curaçao, Cuba, the Dominican Republic or new to the Seychelles **.

Non-stop flights between Dusseldorf and the Seychelles, operated by our partner Air Seychelles Subject to the granting of all regulatory permits

**Non-stop flights between Dusseldorf and the Seychelles, operated by our partner Air Seychelles

What does this mean specifically for your travel plans if you have booked or intend to book a flight to a holiday destination, for instance in Southern Europe or North Africa?

All routes can still be booked on, from a travel agent, or by calling the Service Centre under +49 (0) 180 6 334 334 (Germany). In addition, all current flight bookings will remain valid. You will be informed timely should your flight not be operated by airberlin, and instead by NIKI.

What will happen to my topbonus miles?

There will be no changes for topbonus members: Earn, burn and tier benefits remain in place for topbonus members when flying with NIKI.

What happens if I have booked my flight through a tour operator?

Passengers who have booked their flight through a tour operator are kindly requested to speak directly with their contact at the tour operator.