Airberlin poised to leave Oneworld

The Oneworld alliance has confirmed that airberlin will no longer be part of the alliance from October 28.

Airberlin’s affiliate NIKI, which joined Oneworld alongside the stricken carrier in March 2012, will no longer fly as part of the alliance at the same time.

The withdrawal of airberlin and NIKI from the alliance mean a dozen destinations in Austria, Germany and southern Europe will leave the alliance’s global network.

A statement from Oneworld said: “Oneworld will maintain a strong presence in airberlin’s Germany and Austria home markets. Ten other oneworld member airlines serve a total of 13 destinations across the two countries, linking them with the alliance’s global network. Throughout Europe, oneworld member airlines will continue to fly to more than 230 destinations in some 40 countries.”

Airberlin filed for insolvency on August 15, after stakeholder Etihad Airways ended further financial support.