I mean - really - is there ANY demand for Berlin-MLB flights at all? Apparently, not enough...
The Melbourne airport authority spent $650,000 on equipment (loaders, baggage carts, ground service equipment) to service LTU's A330 flights and $250,000 to rennovate the international terminal at MLB - now all in vain. A complete waste of money. The airport now has to find buyers for all of the useless equipment.
The MLB airport paid the tour operator, M-Touristik, $200,000 in cash incentives already as well.
M-Touristik AG, a tour operator that never before had arranged charter flights to the United States, blamed the charters' failure on "problems caused by the issues of U.S. Customs."
Now the tour operator wants an additional $100,000 on top of the $200,000 they already received.
"There is no longer a chance to make the project successful this season," Melbourne International Executive Director Richard Ennis said. "We are very sad about the actual situation, but we have not seen any other possibility than to stop the project for this season."
Was it ever possible in the first place?
Full article on FloridaToday: http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbc...=/20071122/BUSINESS/711220344/1003
[Edited 2007-11-24 23:43:04]