AIR Berlin increased its number of passengers to 10.15 million between January and June, some 11.7 percent more than in the first half of 2006.
The second biggest German airline, which has a hub in Palma airport, said yesterday that the occupation of its flights improved by 0.8 percentage points up to June (in comparison with 2006), to 74.2 percent of the seats available.

In June, the number of passengers flying with Air Berlin increased by 13.9 percent to 2.17 million people.
At the same time the occupation of the flights rose by 0.5 percentage points to 80.3 percent, in comparison with June 2006.
Air Berlin explained that, in June, the greatest increase in passengers in Germany came from the airports of Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich, while the largest increases outside of Germany came from Vienna and Palma.

On the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Air Berlin shares rose by 4.1 percent to 17.10 euros, fuelled by rumours that the airline could be the object of a takeover bid.


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