Handelsblatt: Airfares go through the roof

Old Nov 16, 17, 6:39 am
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Handelsblatt: Airfares go through the roof

Originally Posted by Handelsblatt Global Edition

Air Berlin’s collapse has led to a shortage of German domestic flights, sending ticket prices to stratospheric heights as Lufthansa enjoys a monopoly on key routes.

They found that on working days, average short-haul prices in November were up 26 percent. At weekends, the increase was even greater at 38.9 percent. On medium-haul flights, the working-day price rise averaged 4.28 percent but the weekend fare was down by 42 percent. But price increases on the worst-affected routes are much higher still, with business-class airfares between Berlin and Frankfurt up 60 percent while business fliers on the Munich-Düsseldorf route faced an eye-watering 300-percent price hike.




The question is how long this will go on. Lufthansa and Eurowings likely won’t be able to increase their capacities until the start of 2018 when they secure cartel approval to integrate the Air Berlin planes they’ve bought.

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Old Nov 30, 17, 2:47 am
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Lufthansa must offer EU concessions to seal Air Berlin deal

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To win permission for the deal, Lufthansa will probably need to sell some routes, and possibly even all of Niki, according to two people familiar with the case.

It must provide clear-cut solutions to all the commission’s concerns if it hopes to gain approval this year, according to those people. Lufthansa has until midnight on Thursday to make its offer to Ms Vestager.

In an interim decision, regulators said that the deal “likely threatens competition” within the European Economic Area

“The companies overlapped on more than 100 routes, with combined market shares above 60 per cent on around half of those routes, including the creation of monopolies in a number of cases,” it wrote. They also worried that “strong positions at congested [German, Austrian and Swiss] airports . . . [may] raise barriers to entry for competitors”.

Lufthansa has been party to 15 deals that have been required EU approval since 2000.
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Easyjet's tickets from TXL went on sale today. Looks like they will be doing FRA/MUC/DUS/STR domestic routes from TXL
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From the website it appears that they are only flying to Budapest, Catanai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Fuerteventura, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Madrid, Milan Malpensa, Majorca, Munich, Paphos, Paris de Gaulle, Rome Fiumicino, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Zurich from Tegel.

Let's hope they open more routes there...
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Old Dec 6, 17, 9:21 am
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Originally Posted by irishguy28 View Post

Let's hope they open more routes there...
They will be. From one of the press releases 11 aircraft will be based there for the winter schedule and for summer they will go upto 25 aircraft so I would expect alot more routes to be available when the post March flights are released for sale.
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Old Dec 6, 17, 9:44 am
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Then I hope Amsterdam will be on the next list. Lufthansa tried the route - non-stop - for a brief period in 2013, but it didn't last more than a few months, if memory serves...and KLM could do with the competition on the TXL route again.

though of course they will probably look to destinations not served from SXF - though I'd prefer if they'd move the AMS flight from there to TXL!!!
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