In December 2016, airberlin announced that Belair Airlines AG, a subsidiary of the airberlin group, would be wound down in an orderly fashion over several phases and finally liquidated as part of the restructuring of airberlin. The Management Board of the airberlin group has now agreed on the timing of the final decommissioning of flight operations of its airline subsidiary: the last Belair jet will take to the skies at the end of the 2017 summer schedule. Until then, Belair will operate flights from Zurich using four Airbus A321 aircraft. At the end of October 2017, these aircraft will be transferred to the Austrian airline, NIKI.
The decision stipulates that the vast majority of Belair staff will work from Zurich as usual until the end of the 2017 summer schedule. All Belair employees have guaranteed employment for 12 months and will receive job offers with the new airberlin. The Belair fleet currently comprises seven aircraft, and around 280 people are currently employed by Belair.
airberlin's published Swiss schedule remains valid until further notice and booked tickets are still valid. airberlin will inform passengers of possible changes in good time. Flights can continue to be booked as usual at airberlin.com, via travel agents or from the Service Centre.