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EasyJet in Talks for 25 Air Berlin Jets Based at Tegel Airport

  • Site would become carrier’s second-biggest base after Gatwick
  • Lufthansa on Thursday said it was taking 81 narrow-body planes

EasyJet Plc is negotiating with Air Berlin Plc administrators for 25 of the bankrupt carrier’s remaining aircraft at Berlin’s Tegel Airport.

An agreement for that many jets would make the airport EasyJet’s second-biggest base after its operations at London Gatwick. Talks for the Airbus SE A320 jets are ongoing and subject to regulatory approval, the Luton, England-based discounter said late Friday in a regulatory filing.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG agreed Thursday to take 81 planes, the majority of Air Berlin’s assets, at a total cost of 1.5 billion euros (1.8 billion). Air Berlin’s administrator said at the time that talks were continuing with EasyJet, one of two bidders it said it had entered into exclusive negotiations with.

A deal would be a key victory for EasyJet, allowing it to secure lucrative slots directly into Berlin. The carrier is increasingly facing pressure from Europe’s biggest discounter Ryanair Holdings Plc, which is seeking to expand in space-constricted primary airports across the continent.

An update will be provided if and when appropriate, EasyJet said in the regulatory filing.

— With assistance by Thomas Seal

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