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Sep 18, 2015

Berlin’s Tegel airport: the never ending story?

BERLIN, Sept 18 (Reuters) – It’s squat, ungainly and showing
its age, but Berlin’s Tegel airport is still defying retirement.

Built in the 1970s, the concrete hexagonal hub should have
shut down years ago, but embarrassing delays to the city’s new
international airport have forced its owners to resort to
stop-gap measures to keep it going.

Sep 17, 2015

Ryanair targets quarter of European traffic within decade

ESSEN, Germany, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Ryanair expects
to be operating one in every four European short-haul flights
within the next eight to 10 years, driven by expansion in
countries such as Germany as some of its rivals retreat, its
chief executive said.

The Irish carrier, which has around 380 Boeing planes on
order, has a market share of about 14 percent in Europe, serving
about 100 million passengers a year and aims to increase that to
160 million passengers by about 2024.

Sep 16, 2015

Lufthansa expects 500 mln euro profit boost from board overhaul

ESSEN, Germany, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Lufthansa is
stepping up its cost-cutting overhaul with a streamlined
management structure it said will boost profit by 500 million
euros ($564 million) a year and provide a new boss for the
Eurowings budget brand that has raised tensions in its
long-running dispute with pilots.

The German airline, long known for a focus on business
customers, is expanding budget operations as it battles the
likes of Ryanair and easyJet on European
short-haul routes, but parallel measures to cut costs have met
determined resistance from pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit.

Sep 16, 2015

Airlines try to woo customers back to their own websites

BERLIN/NEW YORK, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Airlines are trying to
draw passengers away from low-price comparison sites and back to
their own home pages, seeking to boost profits by selling them
extra services such as additional legroom or access to airport

Airlines across Europe and the United States are
experimenting with strategies to bring travellers back to their
own websites. These range from improving the booking process to
adding fees for tickets booked using third-party distributors,
which themselves charge airlines for their services.

Sep 16, 2015

Air Berlin CEO eyes new culture in hunt for profits

ESSEN, Germany, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Air Berlin
needs more of an “anti-establishment” attitude to take on bigger
rivals, its chief executive said on Wednesday, as the airline
nears the end of a fleet review to stem losses and reduce debt
after an acquisition spree.

Germany’s second largest airline, 29 percent owned by Abu
Dhabi-based Etihad, has made operating losses in four of the
last five years. It is reviewing routes and its fleet of 140
planes as part of its efforts to return to profit in 2016.

Sep 15, 2015

Tech firm Sabre Travel Network eyes expansion in Europe

ESSEN, Germany, Sept 15 (Reuters) – U.S.-based Sabre Travel
Network, part of Sabre Corp, is planning to double its
market share in Europe by signing up more online travel agents
and corporate travel firms to its system that distributes
airline, hotel and car rental prices.

Set up by American Airlines and IBM as a
passenger reservations system in 1960, the travel technology
firm is one of the world’s three major global distribution
system (GDS) providers alongside Amadeus IT Holding SA
and Travelport Worldwide Ltd.

Sep 8, 2015

Lufthansa hits back as striking pilots threaten more action

FRANKFURT/BERLIN, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Germany’s Lufthansa
hit back at striking pilots on Tuesday, taking their
long-running dispute to the courts and saying it would no longer
hire new pilots under generous German labour contracts.

Pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) had warned Lufthansa
that further action was possible after it forced the airline to
cancel 84 of about 170 long-haul flights planned for Tuesday
from Frankfurt, Munich and Duesseldorf. Hundreds more
cancellations are expected when the strike continues on

Sep 7, 2015

Lufthansa cancels dozens of long-haul flights due to strike Tuesday

BERLIN (Reuters) – Lufthansa canceled just under half of its long-haul flights planned for Tuesday after pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) called an all-day strike in a long-running dispute over pay, retirement benefits and cost cuts.

The union said on Monday the strike, the 13th walkout in 18 months, would affect long-haul passenger flights and cargo flights out of Germany from 0600 GMT to 2159 GMT on Tuesday.

Sep 7, 2015

Pilots’ union calls strike at Lufthansa for Tuesday

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Sept 7 (Reuters) – German pilots’ union
Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has called an all-day strike for
Tuesday at Lufthansa’s long-haul and cargo flights,
increasing pressure on management in a long-running dispute over
pay, retirement benefits and cost cuts.

The union said on Monday the strike, the 13th walkout in 18
months, would affect all long-haul passenger flights and all
cargo flights out of Germany from 0600 GMT to 2159 GMT on

Sep 4, 2015

Good summer gives Lufthansa CEO confidence for 2015 goals

FRANKFURT, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Lufthansa’s drive to
cut costs on its European routes and invest billions in its
fleet are paying off, with the German airline enjoying a better
than expected summer, its chief executive told Reuters on

In recent years, Lufthansa has struggled to keep up with a
fast-changing landscape that has seen rapid expansion by Gulf
carriers and lower cost competitors with newer fleets.

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      "Based in Frankfurt, covering German companies in the retail, travel and leisure sectors. In my previous Reuters incarnation in London, I focused on green tech firms, utilities and an array of smallcaps that came my way on the Breaking News team. I started my career as a translator with the Financial Times in London before switching into journalism."
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