Lufthansa takes battle to low-cost carriers

FRANKFURT: Deutsche Lufthansa plans to launch a head-on battle against low-cost carriers in its crowded domestic market this summer, as it fights for customers in its core European business, company sources said. 

Lufthansa planned to station five Boeing 737-800 aircraft at Hamburg airport from June, offering fares under 100 euros to German and other European destinations, and may add a further three planes from August if the strategy proved successful, the sources said yesterday. 

A Lufthansa spokeswoman declined to comment on the plans. 

Lufthansa chief financial officer Karl-Ludwig Kley said on Wednesday the airline is planning an aggressive price strategy in Europe as budget carriers prepare to add 90 aircraft to the market this summer. – Reuters  

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