Published on : Saturday, November 25, 2017
Recently, the German cartel office has urged Lufthansa, country’s national airline to provide information on ticket prices after the office received complaints in terms of rising fares after the disintegration of Air Berlin, the second largest carrier in Germany.
On October, Air Berlin stopped operations after filing for bankruptcy in August 2017. Lufthansa prepares to take on roughly 80 planes from its distorted rival, even though its waiting for the approval of the deal from the EU’s competition regulator.
Previously, Ryanair has described the arrangement as a “stitch-up”. “We have asked Lufthansa to provide information on pricing,” Andreas Mundt, cartel office president explained by adding that the watchdog would look at the information and then make a decision whether to start an investigation.
Lufthansa stated that it was fully assisting with the cartel office and had not altered the pricing structures, which was around 26 different fares per flight.
“We have not altered our pricing. The insolvency of Air Berlin has led to a capacity bottleneck and therefore the cheapest tickets are being sold sooner,” a spokesman for the carrier said.