14 July 2008

Germany - a Duopoly no longer, but not quite

The long awaited deal between Condor and Air Berlin has finally foundered on the rocks of the German competition authority. But in true German fashion (remember these are the guys who actually fined one company for LOWERING prices), the result is a strengthening of Lufthansa's hand.

A new third force company comprising GermanWings/Eurowings and TUI's air assets will emerge as an independent LCC group. Clearly not totally independent but independent in spirit anyway.

Frankly this still makes me scratch my head and wonder if Germany as a nation would ever pass the US RICO act.



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