Etihad, Air Berlin must solve code-share problem

Germany gives its final extension, until mid-January 2016
Germany has given its final extension, until mid-January, to Air Berlin and its major shareholder Etihad Airways to solve their disputed code-share flights.
The German government previously approved all 65 code-share routes between the two carriers, but last year it said 29 of them were not covered by an air traffic agreement between Germany and the UAE.
That agreement states that UAE airlines can fly to four airports in Germany but not to the capital, Air Berlin’s hub.
The government approved the code-share flights on last winter’s and this summer’s schedules, but now says the airlines must restructure the code-shares. One solution could be to change them to interlining agreements, which would take the Etihad code off Air Berlin flights.
“Etihad Airways has for the last and final time been awarded the right to these code-shares until January 15, 2016, in order to ensure that passengers who have already bought tickets are not inconvenienced,” a spokesman from the transport ministry said.