Direct flight providers are scrambling for lucrative markets

Released on 16. 09. 2021

  • With the slow end of the Corona crisis, the airlines are starting to increase the struggle for air passengers. Photo: Kevin Kurek

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The airline industry wants to leave Corona behind as quickly as possible. The direct flight companies are the first to compete for the best starting positions in Europe.

Cologne / Dublin (dpa) – Ryanair is setting itself ambitious growth targets and the Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings is starting in Sweden for the first time: After the Corona crisis, the direct flight providers are fighting for passengers in Europe.

As the largest low-cost airline on the continent, Irish Ryanair wants to expand its business even more than previously known after the Corona crisis. In the financial year up to the end of March 2021 the number of passengers of Ryanair and its group airlines like Lauda should increase more than 150 millions will grow, the company announced on Thursday at its general meeting in Dublin with. That is 25 millions more than previously targeted and over one and a half times as many as in the financial year up to the end of March 2020. At that time Ryanair had just under 149 counted million passengers.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary wants to expand the flight offer where other airlines have had to give up or have reduced their fleets in the wake of the Corona crisis. In this context, more than 2026 new jobs for pilots, flight attendants and technicians are to be created at Ryanair. The Hungarian competitor Wizz Air also had a strong expansion a few days ago from the current 142 on around 500 Jets and the setting of 1000 People announced later this year.

Meanwhile, the Lufthansa holiday airline Eurowings wants to expand its business to Northern Europe. At the end of March next year, a new base with initially five aircraft will be opened in Stockholm, the company announced in Cologne. To start looking for new crew members there 150. With the offer to 20 European sun destinations and capitals, the wants Lufthansa subsidiary apparently pushing into the gap that the ailing provider Norwegian leaves open in Scandinavia.

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