easyJet Signs Air Berlin Deal

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easyJet has acquired Air Berlin's former assets at Berlin Tegel. (Photo: easyJet)

easyJet has acquired Air Berlin’s former assets at Berlin Tegel. (Photo: easyJet)


Low cost carrier easyJet has announced that it has signed an agreement with Air Berlin to acquire part of its operations at Berlin Tegel Airport for a purchase consideration of €40 million. This excludes potential start-up and transitional operating costs. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in December 2017.
The airline says the acquisition will result in easyJet entering into leases for up to 25 A320 aircraft, offering employment to Air Berlin flying crews and taking over other assets including slots. easyJet has launched a recruitment campaign to attract around 1,000 of Air Berlin’s pilots and cabin crew who will be recruited over the coming months and will then be trained on easyJet’s safety and operating procedures. The airline emphasised that, in line with easyJet’s business model, they will be employed on local, German contracts under collective labour agreements negotiated with the ver.di union.
This agreement will enable easyJet to operate the largest short haul network from Tegel, connecting passengers to and from destinations across Germany and the rest of Europe. This is in addition to its existing base at Berlin Schönefeld and says it would mean that easyJet will be the leading airline in Berlin.
The carrier says it will make announcements on the new routes and services to be flown to and from Tegel in due course. It will operate a reduced timetable at Tegel during the winter season but plans to operate a full schedule from the summer season 2018.

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