Fast deal required as prospects look bad, says economy minister
Bankrupt airberlin desperately needs quick fix
Airberlin needs a swift deal with carriers interested in buying all or part of the insolvent German airline because its prospects look bad, the German economy minister Brigitte Zypries said.
Ms Zypries said she was surprised by criticism of the German government’s €150 million (Dh657m) bridging loan to keep airberlin flying, saying she expects the money to be repaid.
“We hope it goes quickly, as I believe the future prospects are indeed bad, I mean, who is booking airberlin at the moment, even if it’s possible?” Ms Zypries said in Berlin on Saturday.
She said the government had created good conditions for talks on the airline’s future and that there were “enough interested parties”, including Lufthansa, easyJet, Ryanair and the German aviation entrepreneur Hans Rudolf Woehrl.
Air Berlin filed for insolvency on August 15 when the main shareholder Etihad Airways withdrew financial support.