AirBerlin to close Oct 28, easyJet talks close to collapse

AirBerlin will cease all operations on October 28th.  Employees  have been told they are not guaranteed jobs under any future owner according to AirBerlin’s chief representative Frank Kebekus.

He said a ‘social plan’ had been launched, but not every AirBerlin employee would be able to get a job with those companies bidding to take over parts of the airline. There could be at least 1,400 job losses, mostly among ground and administration staff.
He warned that to continue AirBerlin’s operations while it loses money, at the same time as going through the insolvency process, was no longer possible; operations under the IATA AB code will end on the 28th.
The situation is further complicated, German news station TV N24 reported that talks with easyJet are at risk of falling apart because it reduced its offer, originally thought to be €50 million ($57 million), for up to 30 airberlin Airbus A320’s, along with routes in and out of Berlin.