I have attempted to find what changes there have been made to the Germany - Australia bilateral but without success. I have found references that state changes in an MOU but that they were not ratified and are not in force. Under the original bilateral agreement signed between the two countries the only access a designated carrier from Australia has in Germany is FRA
. If someone has access to an in force later agreement, please could they post a link?
If the points of access for Australian carriers has not been changed then QF
is limited to FRA
. The original agreement does provide for routing via points in the Middle East, so SYD
would be permissible. But there is no suggestion that QF
could simply swap FRA
for BER in that agreement (not surprising given the four-power status of Berlin at the time the agreement was signed.) Nor, in any of the statements to date, has QF
indicated a willingness to introduce new routes to Europe in the short to medium term.
The other question is, if QF
could not make money on the most attractive destination (in aviation terms) in Germany, how can they expect to make money operating services into what many Germans regard as a low-yield destination? EK
might because of their lower cost base. Could QF
do the same while still claiming to be an Australian carrier with flights originating in Australia? To benefit from a lower cost base they would have to operate out of DXB
(or some other Asian port) but if they do that will they still be regarded as Australian by the German authorities?
Given opposition to EK
increasing the number of destinations served, can we imagine the German authorities approving a back-door to QF