Air Berlin has suspended the bonus program after declaring bankruptcy

BERLIN, August 19. /TASS/. Customers of the airline Air Berlin will no longer be able to exchange the data they collected “bonus miles” for a free flight or a special prize. About it reported in a statement posted Saturday on the website of the bonus program of a Topbonus Air Berlin group.

“We should stop collecting miles and exchange them until, until there is clarity on the situation in Air Berlin,” reads the statement.

“The airline regrets that the owner of a controlling stake, obviously, no longer wants to continue the program”, – said the representative of Air Berlin.

On 15 August the second largest airline of Germany declared the beginning of procedure of bankruptcy after a major shareholder – Etihad – decided to stop funding the loss-making company. To enable Air Berlin to the holiday period, the German government was forced to give the airline a loan of €150 million of These funds, according to the Ministry of economy of the country, should be enough for three months. Should decide the fate of Air Berlin, the interest in the acquisition of which in addition to Lufthansa shows two carrier.

Etihad owns 70% of the bonus programme Topbonus, Air Berlin itself – 30%.