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airberlin has an­nounced a far-reach­ing re­struc­tur­ing of its busi­ness. Plans call for the com­pany to con­cen­trate its core op­er­a­tions as a net­work car­rier serv­ing higher-yield mar­kets from its two key hubs in Berlin and Dus­sel­dorf, with a core fleet of 75 air­craft. Its leisure op­er­a­tions will be spun off into an in­de­pen­dently op­er­ated busi­ness unit.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, the re­struc­tur­ing will idle up to 1,200 work­ers; some op­por­tu­ni­ties will be of­fered to th­ese em­ploy­ees within the Eti­had Air­ways Part­ners group of airlines, which in­clude Jet Air­ways, Air Ser­bia, Eti­had Re­gional, Al­i­talia, Air Sey­chelles and Eti­had Air­ways.

The move means airberlin’s prof­itable long-haul pro­gram will be ex­panded with new routes and ad­di­tional fre­quen­cies, par­tic­u­larly to the United States. The air­line’s short- and medium-haul pro­gram will con­cen­trate on year-round busi­ness mar­kets with a strong fo­cus on Italy, Scan­di­navia and Eastern Europe. It will also aim to build a higher share of do­mes­tic busi­ness travel.

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