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Etihad to appeal against German court ruling over Air Berlin codeshare

Ruling revokes approval for services on 29 routes

The UAE’s flag carrier, Etihad Airways, will appeal against a German court ruling that barred it from jointly selling tickets for some routes operated by Air Berlin, the airline said in a statement on December 30.

The court said yesterday that Etihad cannot operate the codeshare flights from January 16 until the end of the winter schedule in March next year as they were not supported by the air traffic rights agreement between the UAE and Germany.

The airline said it was “deeply disappointed” by the ruling, adding that 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.”

Etihad, which owns a 29.2 per cent stake in Air Berlin, said that it would, however, continue to “stand by” its partner and will “honour all booked itineraries”.