Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Lufthansa wants to deny Emirates slots in Berlin airport

By Reuters
DUBAI - German airline Lufthansa wants Emirates airline to be denied landing slots at Berlin's new airport, saying the Dubai-based carrier had an unfair advantage, according to a UAE newspaper on Monday.

The spat between the two airlines is the latest bid by an international carrier to limit fast-growing Emirates' access to their home markets.

The National newspaper quoted a Lufthansa spokesman as saying Emirates' access to German airports had led to "unequal" air traffic between the two countries.

"We think there is a big imbalance in the allocation of slots," Lufthansa spokesman Wolfgang Weber told the newspaper.

He said Emirates already flies to four airports in Germany while Lufthansa only flies to one destination in Dubai.

"They have between five and six times more business on that route as a result."

"There is no bilateral air traffic relationship with any other country that is as unequal as between Germany and Dubai," he was quoted as saying.

Emirates airline told Reuters on Monday that it would continue to seek access to Berlin and Stuttgart as additional points of call in Germany.
source: yahoonews

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