The last of the repatriation flights for Monarch customers leave today. In fact the last flight from Rhodes would have been yesterday, but so few people remained to be carried that they were bought seats on regular flights instead as a cheaper option. The same will happen for anyone who has a Monarch ticket, with ATOL protection, from Rhodes dated up to 28 October, which would have been the last flight of the year. One result has been that direct flights from Rhodes to UK destinations, along with flights via Athens, have virtually sold out for the rest of this month and the beginning of next.
The bulk of Air Berlin has been sold to Lufthansa, this includes operations that Air Berlin had been flying under contract for Lufthansa and its lowcost subsidiary Eurowings; and Air Berlin’s subsidiaries LGW (mainly German domestic flights) and Niki. It is Niki that interests us most as it is the part of Air Berlin that operates the summer sun routes to Rhodes from Germany and Austria. However, Niki is registered in Austria, and the Austrian competition authorities have launched an investigation. Some of the Air Berlin operations out of Berlin itself, and the aircraft maintenance division, are rumoured to be sold to easyJet.
Alitalia has a life extension – a further bridging loan from the Italian government which should last until March 2018.
Having failed to find a buyer for the entire airline ,they’re now trying to sell it in pieces. My recommendation is still to avoid booking with Alitalia as anything might happen.