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Eurowings aims to become Europe’s number three low-cost airline

In a few years time Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Eurowings aims to become Europe’s number three airline in this market. However, with its current target of 20 million passengers in 2016 the airline still has a long way to go, said the group’s board member Karl Ulrich Garnadt, speaking on Wednesday at ITB Berlin. The company’s long-haul flights, a recent addition to the programme, are booked to over 90 per cent capacity. Following launch difficulties with only two airliners growth in this segment has now slowed. In May, two additional Airbus A330s will be put into service. These will operate on new routes to Mauritius (from May), Boston (from September) and Miami (from September). Flights organised by the tour operator FTI Salalah will also be going to Oman. Lufthansa-operated European flights away from the main hubs have become profitable again and will be expanded, said Garnadt. The Vienna-based affiliate Eurowings Europe will commence operations in the summer, initially with three planes. The possibility of integrating other airlines exists. On domestic routes within Germany Ryanair’s offensive has created a greater price awareness among customers. Thus in the summer the slogan will be “Germany for less“, with flights starting at 19 euros.

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