Airline Germania insolvent
Two German airlines, Lufthansa and Eurowings, as well as the low-cost carrier Condor offer special conditions for passengers affected by the insolvency of Germania. Tuifly and Easyjet help stranded consumers with cheaper return flights until mid- or end of February.
According to media reports, Lufthansa wants to install a dedicated booking process on the websites of Lufthansa, AUA and Swiss Airlines. Customers of Germania can access ticket for special prices: 50 euros within the EU and 200 to the Middle East. Easyjet offers a discount of 15 percent for some destinations to those who already booked Germania tickets until June.
The offers are directed at customers of Germania who only bought flight tickets. Package travellers need to contact their tour operators for alternative flights.
On Monday, February 4, 2019, the German airline Germania declared insolvency in Berlin. This includes the Germania Fluggesellschaft mbH, the Germania Technik Brandenburg GmbH as well as the Germania Flugdienste GmbH, but not the Swiss Germania Flug AG and the Bulgarian Eagle. All flight operations stopped on the same night.
A respective information was published on the website of the airline.
For consumers who booked a flight with Germania as part of a package travel, the tour operator has to take care of an alternative.
Passengers who only booked flights are not entitled to alternative transportation. As soon as the insolvency proceedings started, those consumers can file their claims (e.g. refund of the ticket costs, reimbursment for damages due to cancellations or delays etc.). Such proceedings usually take a long time and creditors only receive a small percentage (quota).
More information about the insolvency proceedings is available in German on the website of the district court of Berlin-Charlottenburg. The appointed insolvency administrator is lawyer Rüdiger Wienberg of the German law firm "hww hermann wienberg wilhelm Insolvenzverwalter Partnerschaft".
As soon as there are any news, we will update this article. We recommend that affected consumers regularly check the above mentioned website of the insolvency administrator in order to keep up to date. In case of need, they can also contact him directly, but should expect a long waiting time as he certainly receives a lot of questions.