Berlin Airport (BER) remains on schedule to open at the end of this month, and the Lufthansa Group will be number one at the new facility.
Berlin’s Tagesspiegel reports the group will have “a market share of more than 30 per cent” at BER, with Easyjet and Ryanair both on around 16 per cent.
Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr is quoted as saying “The Lufthansa Group currently offers twice as many flights to and from BER as the other two [airlines].”
However it must be stressed that the Lufthansa Group comprises several members.
Lufthansa mainline itself offers far fewer flights and as we have noted before it operates no international flights from Germany’s capital city.
It’s also worth noting that Easyjet now provides fewer flights in these difficult times.
Tagesspiegel notes that Easyjet has abandoned its German domestic routes and plans to withdraw half its fleet from Berlin.
It had been expected Lufthansa might announce one or two long-haul routes from the new airport.
But aviation expert Andreas Spaeth reports Lufthansa has ruled out operating long-haul from BER.
Now @lufthansa has halved its cash drain to half a mio € per hour CEO Carsten Spohr tells @Tagesspiegel. He rules out longhaul flights from @berlinairport #BER and stresses LH is market leader in #Berlin with 100% more flights than no 2 @easyJet #avgeek pic.twitter.com/BSinEpkFvy
— Andreas Spaeth (@SpaethFlies) October 23, 2020
As we all know nothing in aviation is set in stone so Lufthansa might change its mind later.