Hi guys, in a recent press release, Air Berlin claims to concentrate on the "emerging markets" in Eastern Europe. With Berlin as their major hub, the upcoming oneworld joining (and Malev gone), this seems to be quite a good strategy. But looking at AB's route map, this area is still more like a "white spot", with the only Eastern European destinations served being KRK, GDN, BUD, LED, DME.
Why don't they launch flights to important cities like WAW, PRG, ZAG or BEG?
Also, the Baltic States are missing in AB's network, which otherwise is quite well developed in Northern Europe. So, why not launch e.g. TLL? Even KGD might be a good idea for a new route, because since KDavia went bust, the city is cut off from the big Western European airline networks.
Last but not least, why won't AB launch flights to ATH and IST? Since A3 axed Berlin, there is only the (not even daily) easyJet flight left serving Athens, and (as far as I know) even LH has announced to operate BER-IST starting this summer.
Could it be that AB currently just isn't in the financial shape to expand? Is it really that more lucrative (especially as an alliance member) to offer that many holiday flights to the Mediterranean, instead of deploying the aircraft on "decent routes"?