Etihad Airways welcomed ruling by the Administrative Court of Braunschweig allowing it to continue operating all its codeshare flights with airberlin to destinations in Europe, the US and UAE.
The injunction, which is valid until 8 November, provides an opportunity for parties to resolve outstanding differences through ongoing consultation between governments of the UAE and the Federal Republic of Germany. The airline as well as airberlin will continue to honour all flights and passenger travel arrangements will remain entirely unaffected.
Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer, James Hogan, said: “The failure by German Government to approve codeshares in time, would severely, and possibly terminally, damage airberlin, of which Etihad Airways owns 29.2%. The codeshare routes in question, including flights to Abu Dhabi, were among 65 previously approved by Germany’s civil aviation authority, the LBA, and a key reason that we invested in airberlin.”
The airline has delivered 1,365,487 passengers to airberlin, while airberlin connected 645,157 passengers onto flights operated by Etihad Airways.