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German Court Okays Etihad-Air Berlin Code-Sharing

German Court Okays Etihad-Air Berlin Code-SharingGerman Court Okays Etihad-Air Berlin Code-Sharing

A German appeals court has ruled that Etihad Airways can continue most of its disputed code-share flights with Air Berlin for the rest of the winter schedule.

The administrative court in Lueneburg ruled on Friday the Abu-Dhabi-based airline could continue the 26 international routes through March, but not five domestic code-share flights, AP reported.

It found that the international flights were covered under an aviation agreement with the United Arab Emirates from 2000, overturning a lower court’s ruling last month that code-shares on the 31 routes could not continue beyond Friday.

Etihad holds 29.2% of Germany’s second-biggest airline and their code-sharing provides important income for Air Berlin. The German government had argued some routes weren’t covered by the aviation agreement.