The airline Germania is broke and stopped on Tuesday all flights. A deportation flight was also affected. For more than 600 flights at Nuremberg Airport there is after all a taker with Tui fly.
Germania bankruptcy: Approximately 260,000 flight bookings will not be refunded
Update February 8th, 2:35 pm:
More than a quarter of a million flight bookings at the insolvent Germania are not reimbursed by the airline. Travelers are affected in about 260,000 cases in a period until the end of May 2020, which had booked directly with Germania, as a spokesman for the provisional insolvency administrator said Friday on request of the German Press Agency. According to the current legal situation, therefore, passengers for direct bookings – unlike, for example, package travelers – do not receive compensation for the bankruptcy of an airline. For days there is therefore always the demand for an insolvency insurance for airlines. At the beginning of the week, Germania had filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations.
Around 20,000 Germania passengers were at their destination at the time the bankruptcy began – their return flights fell or fall, the spokesperson said on demand. The return flights refer to a period until the end of February. About a third of these passengers booked directly with the airline online.
Hope for Germania? Insolvency administrator starts investor talks
Update February 8, 1:20 pm: There could possibly be a future for the insolvent Germania airline. The provisional insolvency administrator Rüdiger Wienberg announced on Friday that he held talks with interested parties about possible constellations of a takeover. "Our primary goal is to keep the airline operational to retain the takeoff and landing slots," said Wienberg. "This is the basic prerequisite for a solution that preserves the business as a part or as a whole." The Berlin airline with almost 1,700 employees had filed for bankruptcy at the beginning of the week and had ceased operations.
There are several interested parties, it said on request by a spokesman for the provisional insolvency administrator. Further details were not mentioned. The investor process was started. This also includes the establishment of a data room, in which the interested parties get more detailed insights into operating figures.
In the possession of the insolvent airline last was none of the 27 Germania aircraft, all were leased, as it was called on demand. All machines are therefore in Germany.
Federal police had to organize replacement flight because of Germania insolvency
15:44: Because of the bankruptcy of the airline, the Federal Police have had to reschedule Germania for a deportation flight at short notice. On Tuesday, a replacement flight was organized with the company Sundair, said a spokeswoman for the Federal Police on Thursday. Previously, Der Spiegel had reported about it. "31 Albanian and 24 Kosovan nationals were flown", said the Federal Police in Potsdam. "There were no additional costs." The Airbus A320 had been chartered for the usual market price of 67 584 euros.
Germania had filed unexpected bankruptcy earlier this week. The Stralsund company Sundair provided the Airbus at the Frankfurt airport. However, the plane was first brought there from Kassel, said a spokesman for Sundair. The plane flew from Frankfurt via Tirana to Pristina and back to Frankfurt. According to Sundair, the charter price is based on the season – in summer it costs more – the route – in this case with two destinations – and the size of the plane.
After Germania bankruptcy: Tui fly takes over more than 600 flights in Nuremberg
13:56: After the bankruptcy of Germania, Tui fly is expanding its offer at Nuremberg Airport. At the start of the summer schedule on April 24, the airline will fly targets in Greece, the Canary Islands and Egypt, the company said on Thursday. With more than 600 flights Tui fly then take over about a third of the previously offered by Germania flights, said a spokesman for the airport.
Tui fly will also be stationing a second Boeing 737 in Nuremberg to supplement its crew, announced Tui-fly CEO Oliver Lackmann. Non-stop flights to Heraklion, Corfu, Kos and Rhodes as well as Fuerteventura, Las Palmas, Tenerife as well as Hurghada and Marsa Alam in Egypt were offered. "The potential in Franconia is enormous and we are happy to offer so many sun destinations directly", he emphasized. The need for flight attendants and co-pilots could initially be covered by their own staff, said company spokesman Aage Dünhaupt.
13:37: Due to the bankruptcy of the airline Germania, the supply of flights has been reduced somewhat – this gap will be compensated quickly, according to industry estimates. He sees no burden for the domestic air traffic location, said the President of the Federal Association of the German aviation industry, Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, on Thursday in Berlin. There is a very strong competition and large capacities of other airlines in this country. This is likely to quickly fill the gap in the range of flights. However, the bankruptcy could lead to the fact that the market shares of foreign airlines increase and the shares of German companies sink.
Update from 06. February, 13.02 clock: After the bankruptcy of the airline Germania, the provisional insolvency administrator examines the existing assets – the situation is still confusing outwardly. In the industry, only a few take-off and landing rights of the company are of interest. Airlines also jumped for the discontinued Germania flight operations to bring the passengers to their destinations.
The Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings wants to apply for the liberated take-off and landing rights at Düsseldorf Airport. Germania had attractive slots in the North Rhine-Westphalian capital, which now went back to the airport coordinator of the Federal Republic for redistribution, said Eurowings boss Thorsten Dirks on Wednesday in Frankfurt. These times are attractive for the Eurowings. However, Dirks excluded an acquisition of parts of Germania to take over the rights as in the previous bankruptcy of Air Berlin.
On the night of Tuesday, the Berlin airline Germania had made the bankruptcy public and ceased its operations. On the other hand, the business operations of its subsidiaries Germania Flug AG in Switzerland and the Bulgarian Eagle continued.
Germania-Aus: Bad news for Nuremberg airport
Update from 06. February, 13.02 clock: After leaving the Germania airline, the Free State will give no financial support to Nuremberg Airport, which is mainly affected in Bavaria. "The insolvency of Germania is regrettable, but Nuremberg Airport is very well placed and located in a strong economic region," said a spokesman for the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs on Wednesday.
He was optimistic that for the airline attractive replacement comes to Bavaria's second largest airport. Germania was the largest holiday airline at Albrecht-Dürer-Airport and, with a market share of around eleven percent, is the third largest provider.
Regional airports in the Free State, such as Memmingen, can, from the point of view of Bavaria's Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger (Free Voters), take on a relief function for the international hub in Munich. "In my view, this will increase in the next few years," said Aiwanger.
"Are completely desperate": Germania customers describe dramatic situation
17:39: After the insolvent airline Germania has canceled all flights, the holiday dream has now burst for numerous travelers from all over Germany. Nicole Couzens (32) and Sandro Schulze (35) from Finsterwalde are particularly hard hit. As the Bild newspaper reported, they wanted to spend a family holiday in Hurghada (Egypt) with their children Chloe (7) and Emily (11).
At the airport in Dresden the parents told each other image: "We found out from the car radio on the way here. The hotline told us to wait. Now we are completely desperate, have saved two years on the journey. "
Travelers who book directly with Germania are not entitled to any compensation
A total of 1588 euros paid the family loud image for their holidays – at least they should now be rebooked by the tour operator. Travelers who book directly with the airline are not entitled to compensation. So also Susanne noise (41) from Munich. She travels to Egypt with her sons (8 and 12) every year and books the flights directly with Germania via her credit card. That's why the family holiday this year is unfortunately out.
Daniel Würfel (34) and his fiancée Fiona (30) from Osnabrück are also facing major problems for Germania-Aus: they want to celebrate their wedding in Ibiza. For some of their 50 wedding guests, the couple booked in October via Germania flights to the island. Between 250 and 300 euros cost return flight every guest. "We now have to watch as we get a whole wedding party to book new flights – and then each with more than 300 euros per person," said the future husband to the newspaper.
The Germania bankruptcy affects a total of about 60,000 travelers
According to information from the AFP news agency, about 60,000 travelers who wanted to fly within the next two weeks are all directly affected by Germania-Aus. The provisional insolvency administrator Rüdiger Wienberg confirmed that package travelers have the right to substitute transport, which their tour operator must organize. Anyone who has booked directly with Germania, for which such a guarantee does not apply.
The paid ticket price can be registered in this case as a claim to the insolvency table, as Wienberg explained. The victims would not have to be active. They would be contacted after the opening of the insolvency proceedings and received information on how to proceed.
Airline Germania insolvent: Impact on customers larger than expected
14:20: Many Germans will receive new travel plans for the spring and summer over the coming weeks – from the tour operator they have booked with. Because the application for bankruptcy of the airline Germania affects not only directly on travelers who now in February not as planned to their holiday destination or home, but also on many bookings for the peak season. In case of lump-sum travel organized by tour operators, the places of departure and departure times may change.
For many tour operators, the Germania was so far one of several ways to bring travelers from A to B. At FTI in Munich, for example, the day after the bankruptcy petition was published, it was said that Germania had been a "valued partner" especially for smaller German departure airports. Schauinsland travel in Duisburg estimated the number of one-way air tickets to be rebooked at 70,000 by the end of the summer of 2019. Mostly affected were travelers with the destinations Mallorca, Antalya / Turkey and Greece. DER Touristik announced that it was time to rebook flights to Egypt, Turkey, Bulgaria and Portugal.
Update 1:26 pm: The Verdi union has provided legal assistance to employees of the insolvent Germania airline. "The crews have shown full commitment despite the turmoil and may not be left alone now," said Christine Behle from Verdi's federal executive on Tuesday. Because there are no collective agreements and no works councils at Germania, the union is actually not involved in the insolvency proceedings.
For the failure of Germania and Air Berlin Verdi was responsible for a ruinous competition among the airlines. Cheap tickets had gone to the employees. Employees are often poorly paid and have no participation rights, the union said.
Airline Germania is insolvent: Minister of Economics Altmaier reacts coolly – No rescue planned
Update 12:35: Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) sees no reason for state aid because of the insolvency of the airline Germania. "This is a case of market economy," said Altmaier on Tuesday in Berlin. Success and failure are part of the market economy. The state did not try to save Air Berlin. "And things have taken their course, as here too."
At Air Berlin helped, so that stranded passengers come back. Germania was concerned with a case "of a much more limited dimension", the vast majority of passengers could probably be helped by organizers and travel agencies, were booked over the flights. Within the federal government, the situation is currently being analyzed, emphasized Altmaier, including representatives of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Finance.
Update 12:25: The airline Germania is insolvent – which also means drastic consequences for many airports. At Münster / Osnabrück Airport, for example, Germania's passengers made up a good quarter of the total volume. Reported about the response of the airport calf*.
Germania bankruptcy: "This is now taking revenge" – consumer advocates calls for better customer protection
Update 10:38 am: In view of the insolvency of the airline Germania, consumer advocates demand better protection of customers. A bankruptcy insurance for airlines, which help customers in a bankruptcy, is still not decided, said the board of the Consumer Federation, Klaus Müller, and appealed to the policy, to finally act. "Despite the experience of the bankruptcy of Air Berlin, the German government and the EU have done nothing. This revenges itself now. "The Germania customers threaten now" immense damage ".
The ADAC also called for a commitment to the bankruptcy protection for passengers, as it already exists for package holidays. Alternatively, there is the possibility of obliging airlines to offer insurance for the ticket price and return transport when selling tickets. "This will raise consumer awareness of risk and at the same time create a solution on a voluntary basis," says the Traffic Club. The Berlin airline Germania had announced on the night of Tuesday a petition for bankruptcy and the cessation of their flight operations.
Airline Germania insolvent: Lufthansa helps – these flights are canceled – News
Update 09:47: Following the bankruptcy of the Germania airline, the Lufthansa Group and the Condor holiday airline offer discounted tickets to passengers affected. The biggest overlap in the timetables is with the subsidiary Eurowings, said a Lufthansa spokesman on Tuesday in Frankfurt. The offers are aimed in particular at passengers who are not traveling with a package tour operator.
Germania customers stranded abroad could book flights on the Eurowings side for return flights until the end of February 2019 and were subsequently reimbursed for half of the fare. The same procedure is offered by Tuifly. Condor also wants to transport Germania guests for half, as long as seats are available in standby mode.
In addition, a booking procedure will be set up on lufthansa.com in the coming days, with which discounted tickets of the network airlines Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian can be booked. Flat-rate net prices of 50 euros (Europe) and 200 euros (Middle East) are planned here.
Update 09.38: Because of the suspension of flight operations at the insolvent Germania airline, four flights at Nuremberg Airport were canceled on Tuesday. Scheduled flights to and from Hurghada (Egypt) and Funchal (Portugal) were canceled on the airport's website. Further connections were not planned for Tuesday.
According to a report by Spiegel Online fall on Tuesday at flights to the airports Berlin Tegel and Schönefeld, Dusseldorf, Münster, Rostock-Laage, Bremen and Hamburg.
Bankruptcy is of great importance to Nuremberg Airport because Germania is a major customer. Since the market exit of Air Berlin, the company had grown particularly strong and had established itself in Nuremberg as the largest airline in tourism. According to the airport operator, Germania flew from Nuremberg to 29 destinations in 12 countries this year. Also in Münster the cancellations have strong effects, like msl24.de* reported.
Germania like Air Berlin: Next German airline ceases operation – due to bankruptcy
Berlin – The Berlin airline Germania has filed for bankruptcy and ceased its operations. As the company announced during the night, Germania Fluggesellschaft GmbH and its sister company for technical services, Germania Technik Brandenburg GmbH, and Germania Flugdienste GmbH are affected. On the other hand, the business operations of the Swiss Germania Flug AG and the Bulgarian Eagle continue.
Managing Director Karsten Balke justified the step by saying that it had failed to successfully complete financing efforts to cover a short-term liquidity requirement. "We very much regret that, as a consequence, we had no choice but to file for bankruptcy," said Balke. He regretted the impact of the move on the employees who did their best to ensure reliable flight operations, even in the last tense weeks. The passengers concerned apologized to Balke.
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Germania suspends flight operations: affected passengers must now do so
Passengers who have booked their Germania flight as part of a package holiday should, according to the notification, contact their tour operator directly for a substitute transport. But according to the law, there is no claim to who bought his plane ticket directly from Germania.
At the beginning of January the financial difficulties at Germania became known. However, the flight operations initially continued according to plan. In the meantime, the company had spoken of successful financing negotiations. At the end of January, however, it became known that there were delays in paying out January salaries to employees. The airline justified the financial bottleneck with massive increases in kerosene prices and with an "exceptionally high number of technical services to the fleet".
Airline Germania: Bankruptcy filed after more than 30 years of history
On Monday, there had been a report on a group of investors from North Rhine-Westphalia, which gave hope. Referring to their own information, the "Neue Ruhr / Neue Rhein Zeitung" reported that a group wanted to help under the coordination of former airline managers and that a short double-digit million amount should be provided.
The group should also include the former Air Berlin boss Joachim Hunold. Germania did not want to comment on the report. At night followed then the notice that before the district court Berlin-Charlottenburg insolvency for the companies mentioned had been requested.
Germania is a German airline with more than 30 years of history. It was founded in 1986, since 2009 Berlin is the company headquarters. On the short- and medium-haul routes, the airline carried more than four million passengers per year to more than 60 destinations within Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Together with the Swiss Germania Flugbetrieb AG and the Bulgarian Eagle, Germania recently operated 37 aircraft.
It was not until the end of October 2017 that the second largest German airline, Air Berlin, ceased operations, affecting around 8,000 employees. In autumn 2018, the charter airline Small Planet Airlines, headquartered in Berlin, went bankrupt.
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