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Low-Cost Carriers Take Hold in Germany

Low-Cost Carriers Take Hold in Germany
Jennifer Billock

The end of airberlin is allowing low-cost carriers to take a big chunk of market share in Germany.

Budget airlines are already controlling at least a quarter of market share in the airline industry in Germany, and with the collapse of airberlin, they’re set to gain even more leverage, a new survey reported by FVW says. The survey, called the Low Cost Monitor, put out by the German Aerospace Centre, includes budget carriers in the country like Eurowings, Easyjet, Ryanair, Norwegian, Wizz Air, and some other smaller airlines.

The survey fund that currently, Eurowings is the market leader, taking 52 percent of the segment’s business. Even before airberlin went bankrupt, the airline was able to expand its each by opening a new hub in Munich and purchasing used aircrafts from other airlines.

“Ahead by some distance is Eurowings/Germanwings, which offers 368 different routes within and from Germany, and has included around 50 new routes in its flight schedule, whereby Eurowings also operates a number of Lufthansa connections departing from Munich,” the German Aerospace Centre’s lead researcher Peter Berster told FVW.

The survey also showed that average ticket prices across Germany have dropped over the last year, thanks to new routes and increased marketing. Plus, the sheer number of flights alone has risen.

“The prices offered by low-cost carriers have continued to fall compared to last year due to the persistently fast-moving market,” Berster told FVW. “This autumn, the identified price range fell to its lowest level to between €35 and €97, from €40 to €105 in autumn 2016 and €45 to €115 in autumn 2015.”

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