About 1,400 Air Berlin workers may soon be out of a job, some as early as the end of this month, according to a union paper obtained by AFP on Saturday.
Many of the cuts would hit the bankrupt airline’s ground personnel and administration staff, whose contracts could end by the end of the month or in February 2018. According to the document, Air Berlin could also soon stop operating, with only its subsidiary Niki continuing to fly. The German airline triggered bankruptcy proceedings in August after losing a cash lifeline from its biggest shareholder Etihad Airways. Lufthansa has emerged as the leading bidder for Air Berlin’s assets, including valuable landing and takeoff slots at German airports.