German Transport Minister: ‘Imperative’ for Lufthansa to acquire lion’s share of airberlin

Germany‘s Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt stated it is “imperative” that Deutsche Lufthansa AG be “able to take over significant parts of airberlin” (Rheinische Post/focus.de/Reuters/AFP/Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 17-Aug-2017). Mr Dobrindt said: “We need a German champion in international air transport… We are in… a European and international market environment, so monopoly can no longer be viewed by single regional sites”. Lufthansa is reportedly aiming to acquire around 90 of airberlin Group’s fleet of 140 aircraft, which would be allotted to Eurowings. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr reportedly presented the acquisition idea to the carrier’s supervisory board, while the 90 aircraft would include the 38 aircraft Lufthansa is already leasing from airberlin and NIKI.