Etihad Airways codeshare with AirBerlin rejected

A German court has today rejected Etihad Airways' rights to jointly sell tickets for particular routes operated by AirBerlin in a codeshare agreement.

In response to the ruling, Etihad Airways has announced plans to appeal the result, and has released the following statement:

“Etihad Airways is deeply disappointed by the German court’s decision handed down today. We are reviewing the judgement and will file an appeal against the decision early next week.

Etihad Airways owns 29.2 per cent of AirBerlin, Germany’s second largest airline.

The social and economic damage to Germany by this decision is significant.

The withdrawal of approval for codeshare services on 29 routes materially reduces competition and consumer choice within and beyond Germany and causes inconvenience to passengers.”