Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Ryanair accuses Lufthansa and German government of Air Berlin 'conspiracy'

Ryanair has accused Lufthansa and the German government of conspiring to carve up collapsed airline Air Berlin.

Lufthansa is negotiating over buying Air Berlin planes, which are still flying following a 150m euro German government loan.

Ryanair said there was an "obvious conspiracy" between Germany, Lufthansa and Air Berlin to carve up the assets.

The German government rejected the accusation and said its support for Air Berlin did not breach anti-trust rules.

Air Berlin filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday, after its biggest shareholder, the Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad, withdraw its financial support.
Over the past year Air Berlin's passenger numbers have been in freefall. Last month the airline - Germany's second-biggest carrier - lost a quarter of its customers compared with July last year.

BBC     News.