Emirates blame Lufthansa for slowing German expansion

first_imgEmirates President, Tim Clark, has blasted Lufthansa for lobbying to prevent the Middle Eastern carrier from serving more German cities, which he said is part of a campaign to undermine the airline’s business model. A report in Bloomberg earlier this week cites an interview with Mr Clark following Lufthansa’s successful bid to lobby against Emirates from obtaining landing slots in Stuttgart and at the new Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport which will open in June 2012. “Their mantra is to take the Gulf carriers down, as well as dominate the markets they sit in,” Clark said, it was reported. Mr Clark said the airline will “re-engage” discussions regarding the slots and is optimistic the German Government “will see sense”. Lufthansa has fought back against the claims saying traffic rights are negotiated between Governments and the airline did not have any direct influence in their decision, spokesman Peter Schneckenleitner said. Emirates have continued talks with European and US Carriers over access, following its orders for 200 planes worth US$68 billion.  Mr Clark blames its competitors’ failing business strategies from allowing the airline to continue its worldwide expansion. “It has taken European carriers donkeys’ years to adapt their business models to the changing dynamics of global civil aviation,” he said. “They haven’t been able to align their traffic flows to what is going on, whereas we have.” Currently, Emirates operates flights from Dubai to Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, compared to Cologne-based Lufthansa who only offers a single route from Frankfurt, despite having full traffic rights in Germany. “We don’t see any reason to award further traffic rights to Emirates as the airline already enjoys continental Europe’s most expansive rights in Germany,” Lufthansa’s Schneckenleitner said.  “It’s the airline’s declared goal to reroute traffic from Germany and Europe via Dubai.”Despite their discussions in Germany, Emirates are expected to “finish on a very positive good year” according to Mr Clark, who cites higher occupancy, a strong cash position and more effective cost controls as their advantage. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.Mlast_img

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