Lufthansa Cleared in Airfare Price Increase Investigation | AirlineGeeks.com

The allegations indicated that Lufthansa increased the price of tickets on domestic routes and was able to do so because of a lack of competition. A case was opened with the German government that led to an investigation of the airline. Throughout the government’s investigation, 412 flights were analyzed on 13 routes for a period of 44 days.

The prices for the fall 2016 season were compared with those of 2017 when Air Berlin was no longer operating and with the current prices of the same routes. From that analysis, a conclusion was reached.

“It is correct; the prices of Lufthansa tickets rose by 25 to 30 percent from the insolvency of Air Berlin, compared to the previous year. Even in some routes, the increase was above that average,” said the president of the Bundeskartellamt, Andreas Mundt. “This price increase is certainly remarkable, but does not justify action against Lufthansa with a procedure for abuse of dominant position.”

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