Etihad appeals German codeshare court ruling

Etihad appeals German codeshare court ruling

Etihad Airways has filed an appeal against a German court's decision that revoked its rights to jointly sell tickets for 29 routes operated by codeshare partner Air Berlin.

A Braunschweig court ruled last Wednesday that the carrier may not continue to operate the codeshare flights between January 16 and the end of the winter schedule in March.

It said the services were not covered by the existing air traffic rights agreement between Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

Etihad has a 29% shareholding in Air Berlin.

Etihad chief executive, James Hogan, said following the filing at the court in Lüneburg: "We will fight all the way to protect our investment, to protect our partnership with Air Berlin and to protect competitive choice in German air travel."

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