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Niki airplanes grounded, the Austrian government will help the about ten thousand passengers abroad

Berlin, Germany - The company filed for insolvency after the decision of Lufthansa to exclude it from the transaction for Air Berlin

The operations of Niki -the Austrian airline which is a subsidiary of Air Berlin- ceased today. Yesterday afternoon the company filed to the court for insolvency and grounded its airplanes. The decision was taken after the announcement by Lufthansa to exclude it from the transaction by which the German Group wants to takeover parts of Air Berlin (see AVIONEWS). The Austrian Ministry of Transports Jörg Leichtfried declared the intention to assist passengers who are stranded abroad after the cancellation of flights, about ten thousand people in the next two weeks; the possibility to schedule charter transfers by Austrian Airlines is being examined. With a short statement on its website Niki declared the cessation of its activities, invited customers who have booked with tour operators to contact these last ones directly and said that several airlines are looking into a solution for bringing -by a small fee- passengers who are now abroad back to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Workers involved by the bankruptcy of the company are about one thousand.

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