Airberlin will stop flights into Russia and close all routes through Jan 18, 2016 as international traffic continues a downward trend in Russia. The carrier operates Berlin-Moscow Domodedovo, Berlin-Kaliningrad and Dusseldorf-Moscow Domodedovo services.
The possible network cuts and staff reductions were discussed at airberlin’s board of directors’ executive committee and senior management team meeting on Sept. 29.
In August, airberlin reported a second-quarter net loss of €37.5 million ($41.6 million), widened from a net loss of €8.6 million in the year-ago quarter. First-half net losses were €247.6 million, widened from a €201.2 million net loss in the year-ago period.
CEO Stefan Pichler said in August that “a fundamental review of the current network operated by airberlin is nearing completion and is aimed at significant improvements.”
Russia’s downward trend in international traffic started at the end of 2014 and has already forced several international carriers—such as Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific and easyJet—to cut operations to Russian destinations.
I think it's a good decision of airberlin to cut these flights. As said in the article, they can't have any more losses.