Air Berlin. Yersin.

Ryanair claims Air Berlin conspiracy

Air Berlin planesAir Berlin, Germany’s second-largest carrier, has filed for insolvency, after its main shareholder, Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad, declared it would not be providing further financial support. According to the BBC the airline has accumulated debt for almost a decade and reported a record loss of €782 million in 2016. Flights will continue to operate after a transitional loan of €150 million from the German government.

Its main rival, Lufthansa, is in talks to buy part of the Air Berlin Group, but Ryanair has accused Lufthansa and the German government of conspiring to carve up the assets of the failed airline. The German government rejects the accusation and said its support for Air Berlin did not breach anti-trust rules.

Ryanair said: “This manufactured insolvency is clearly being set up to allow Lufthansa to take over a debt-free Air Berlin which will be in breach of all known German and EU competition rules”. “Now even the German government is supporting this Lufthansa-led monopoly with €150 million of state aid so that Lufthansa can acquire Air Berlin and drive domestic air fares in Germany even higher than they already are”. A German economy spokeswoman said: “I reject the accusation by Ryanair today that it was a staged insolvency application”.

Yersin visits Funchal

YersinThe rather unusual Yersin “yacht” is currently visiting Funchal harbour, with trip planned to the Desertas and the Selvagens islands. The unique vessel, which pairs luxury with research, is the brainchild of French millionaire François Fiat, who happens to be in Madeira at the same time – reportedly staying at Reid’s for a few days.

Fiat has invested millions in the vessel, named after nineteenth-century bacteriologist and physician Alexandre Yersin, famous for his work fighting the bubonic plague. Fiat, according to FN, wanted a ship that could be a worthy successor to the famous Calypso of Jacques Costeau. He wanted to create a boat capable of traveling to any part of the globe, prepared to face the most difficult seas and climates, and to be endowed not only with comfort on board, but all technology to conduct scientific research. He also wanted the ship to be as environmentally friendly as possible so as to have the least impact on the sensitive ecosystems it visits – the boat is able to develop scientific research work even within the most restricted natural reserves.

Prince Albert of Monaco, who is a great supporter of this Francois Fiat venture, and who sometimes wrongly credited with ownership of the Yersin will be coming to Madeira in September. Yersin will carry out expeditions to Macaronesia, subsidized by the Principality of Monaco. His great-grandfather did research in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the waters of Macaronesia, from Cabo Verde in the south to the Azores in the north.

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5 Responses to Air Berlin. Yersin.

  1. Michael B Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 10:58 #

    I understand tomorrow is a bank holiday here. Will the shops be open in Funchal?Thanks in advance.

  2. Jaquine Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 15:10 #

    Yes tomorrow is a holiday as it’s Funchal Day, so other towns should I think be operating as normal. A lot of smaller shops in Funchal and possibly small restaurants may be closed but the large shopping centres always remain open.

  3. Kathy Simpson Monday, August 21, 2017 at 08:58 #

    Does anybody know if there will there be any sort of eclipse visible in Madeira tonight

  4. Debs Monday, August 21, 2017 at 12:25 #

    Global Event: Total Solar Eclipse

    Local Type: Partial Solar Eclipse, in Funchal
    Begins: Mon, 21 Aug 2017, 19:48
    Maximum: Mon, 21 Aug 2017, 20:35 0.45 Magnitude
    Ends: Mon, 21 Aug 2017, 21:20
    Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes

  5. Kathy Simpson Monday, August 21, 2017 at 14:52 #

    Thanks Debs

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