Air Berlin halts Tegel-Los Angeles flights

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Air Berlin will discontinue its seasonal route from Berlin to Los Angeles for the summer 2014 schedule.

The thrice-weekly flights between the German capital and the US west coast city were introduced for the summer 2012 schedule. But limited capacity at Berlin’s Tegel airport and lower-than-expected passenger demand have led the operator to ditch the route, says Air Berlin.

The carrier wanted to significantly increase its network in Berlin with the planned opening of the city’s Brandenburg airport in June 2012. But the multiple delays in the flagship hub’s opening – for which an inauguration date has still not been set – have forced Air Berlin to expand at the much smaller Tegel airport.

Air Berlin says, however, that it will continue its summer route from Düsseldorf to Los Angeles, which is currently served four times a week.