ok, britair, your thread wins!
now, some thoughts from me:
1. why should easyjet kick up the prices??? that would be totally stupid..they are going for the no-frills market...higher prices would make one man very happy: Juergen Weber, CEO of LH, and nobody else, and I really don't think easyjet wants to make this man happy!
2. IF, and please remember, we are talking about a call option right now, that easyjet bought (and NOT DBA), if the deal takes place, then easyjet would be in a very good position to attack LH AND Ryanair, as they'd get the slots of DBA, and DBA uses only major airports in Germany (still FRA-BER is NOT one of them).
If they raise their prices significantly, they could as well leave the whole thing alone, so don't count on it.
3. It'll be a long time until the German highspeed railway is in working order...yesterday I had the "pleasure" to go by train from FRA to cologne, and again, as always obviously, 40 minutes late!!!
Still most large german cities are already connected by highspeed trains (ICE) and it did no harm to aviation!
4. I don't think there's "typical german consumer" if it comes to flying: If you need fast and reliable connections, as most business travellers such as myself do, you'll probably go for LH, it's convenient and they have a brilliant reputation (and well-deserved, too) to make connections really work. Now, this does not count at all for event flyers or once per year passengers...they'll go for the price only (talking about short-haul services only). easyjet would therefore be in a very good position to tackle the german market if they get the slots of DBA AND succeed in turning DBA around because currently, it's one of the worst-managed airlines in Europe. But easyjet obviously knows this, as the price for the options was to deliver management capacities (beside a minor cash consideration).
just my 2 cents, well more like 20 cents this time *ggg*
I know it's only VfB but I like it!