Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary has warned that there's a real risk that some airlines may no longer be able to operate routes starting or ending in the UK.Germany's Lufthansa could emerge as the big winner in the wake of Air Berlin's insolvency and Britain's exit from the European Union.Just an hour later, we learned about Air Berlin having filed for bankruptcy protection in a move that's bound to lead to more consolidation in the market.Only on September 25 will we know for certain whether Germany's second-largest airline will be sold as a complete entity which is rather unlikely.() This weekend, the fate of the German airline will be sealed.As stakeholders push for a quick resolution and division of the carrier's valuable parts, they also face special responsibilities, says Brigitte Scholtes.
() The German airline is bracing for a second day of flight cancellations amid a surge of sick notices from pilots.
Lufthansa has Eurowings, IAG has Vueling, and Air France-KLM can resort to Transavia and HOP and soon Joon which is to target millennials and will fly to Berlin, Lisbon, Barcelona and other cities high on the agenda of its potential passengers.
Let's not forget the insecurity the market is feeling over Brexit.
There, the number of big carriers has gone down from nine to four within a few years.
"If you look at what's happened in the US, you'll have to conclude that it helped the sector a lot," Svensson added.