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Troubles at Alitalia, Air Berlin a warning to European airlines

Battle to cut costs could see continent's carriers become three-party oligopoly, much like in the US, where four big players dominate, say observers

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An Air Berlin passenger aircraft landing at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany. Air Berlin and Alitalia had both been operating at losses for years.

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A DOGFIGHT over the assets of troubled Alitalia and Air Berlin heralds a new shake-up in the European airline industry - but unless other carriers cut costs they may meet a similar fate themselves, analysts warn.

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