August 18, 2017 / 10:42 AM / a year ago

German gov't not involved in Air Berlin talks - economy ministry

BERLIN, Aug 18 (Reuters) - The German government is not involved in talks on the sale of insolvent German airline Air Berlin's assets, an Economy Ministry spokesman said on Friday, adding there was also no deadline for the companies to seal a deal.

"The companies are negotiating now. The government is not sitting at the table there and is also not steering this," Economy Ministry spokesman Korbinian Wagner said during a regular government news conference in Berlin.

The German government does not have a preferred outcome for the Air Berlin negotiations and it is now up to the companies involved to find a solution, the spokesman added.

The comments came after Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt called for market leader Lufthansa to buy a major part of the assets of Air Berlin, Germany's second-largest airline, saying Germany needs a "national champion" in international aviation. (Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Michelle Martin)

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