EW moving the operations to the new berlin airport?
well, although that could make sense, i don´t think there´s been any decision on something like that because no one already knows when the airport will finally be ready. it´s supposed to be ready by 2007, there has been already so much delay, i don´t think that 2007 will be met.
i certainly agree that because berlin has now become the seat of the german government and many high yield business are locating near or in berlin, that berlin´s importance will significantly grow within the next years.
but why is that if LH implemented a hub in berlin that it would grow much bigger? however, LH is already bigger than AF and in some aspects (fleet) it´s already bigger than BA, although such figures don´t really matter. in regard of the financial figures LH has already superceded both as well.
LH is slowly expanding? sorry, but i don´t think that´s true. it is correct that some carriers trimmed down expansion a little bit, among them LH, but they still expanded heavily last year and they will do so as well this year (introduction of some new major routes, heavily expanding traffic in MUC, fleet expansion), although more carefully. we just witnessed what overcapacity caused to KL and BA...
just a little report from the LH homepage, which should shed some light and facts about LH´s growth:
The passenger count last year rose by 7.4 per cent to an all-time high of 47 million, reflecting growth in all traffic regions. The capacity increase of 6.4 per cent was again entirely absorbed by a rise of 9.1 per cent in capacity sold. The seat load factor was up accordingly by 1.8 percentage points to 74.4 per cent. Lufthansa maintained its position against European competitors in all traffic regions: Its capacity increase of 6.4 per cent was well above the AEA (Association of European Airlines) average of plus 4.2 per cent. The increase in capacity sold - 9.1 per cent at Lufthansa against AEA growth of 7.5 per cent - tells a similar story.
and i certainly wouldn´t call LH a sitting duck because figures show that LH is currently the most profitable carrier in europe as well as one of the most profitable worldwide. why are they a sitting duck, because there´s no LH hub already in berlin, i don´t understand, sorry.
in addition, i don´t tend to think they´re not open-minded and you call the LH management not agressive? so the deal with EW is no agressive move to shut down major competition within germany and from KL, AF and AZ (fed by EW)? in addition, LH has previously kicked Go out of the MUC-STN market with agressive pricing and LH is facing heavy regulatory scrutiny not only in conjunction with its star deals (LH-SK-OS). i do think that in some aspects LH is really acting anti-competitive and i certainly wouldn´t call it not agressive.
i don´t know if there are any major additions to the LH network from berlin except for the introduction of the TXL-IAD flight. there will be a slight increase in overall european traffic because LH is adding some flights to feed this IAD service with additional frequencies, f.e. from STR and VIE. and because they need to free up some capacity for those services, some sources state that LH is seriously thinking about reinitiating services from tempelhof THF, to switch some commuter services from TXL back to THF. this was thought to be introduced for the upcoming summer schedule however, i haven´t heard any definitive statements about that and i haven´t got an example of the new schedule, yet, as well, so i cannot give any more info on that, sorry.
well, just my thoughts and opinions...
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