Easyjet rivals Lufthansa

Easyjet starts competition with Lufthansa/Foto:dpa

After the Berlin Air Berlin insolvency, the British budget airline Easyjet wants to fly from 2018 for the first time on domestic routes and make Lufthansa competition. The airline said that it would offer connections from Berlin to Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart on a weekly basis from January 5 to a total of 250 flights.

The airline is pleased to be able to offer “more competition and lower tariffs, in particular on domestic German routes, for which there is currently only a very limited selection,” said the European business manager Thomas Haagensen.

Easyjet had announced in October, the acquisition of parts of the bankrupt Air Berlin, but only by the EU competition authority – a decision is to fall on 21 December – must be approved. According to insiders, unlike Lufthansa, the European Commission is likely to wave the deal through without conditions. The agreement with Easyjet provides for the takeover of 25 aircraft of the Air Berlin fleet as well as take-off and landing rights at Berlin-Tegel Airport.

Before its bankruptcy, Air Berlin was the biggest competitor for Lufthansa on German domestic routes. After the bankruptcy popular routes such as Berlin-Munich and Berlin-Cologne were always booked out quickly, and allegations against Lufthansa had become loud, the airline would drive prices up. The corporation denies this, meanwhile the Federal Cartel Office has intervened. jwm

Sources: Easyjet, dpa

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