Europe’s air wars reach new battlefield

Ryanair takes fight to Lufthansa’s base at Frankfurt
With Ryanair announcing it will launch flights from Frankfurt Airport, Lufthansa’s home base, the wars between Europe’s legacy carriers and budget airlines have entered a new phase.
Despite the fact that Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary has said for years that he is not interested in Frankfurt due to the high costs, the airline has now won concessions on airport fees.
Meanwhile, the low-cost carrier has recently been pivoting away from second-tier airports to major hubs. It is also looking to ease away from the UK market as the negative effects of Brexit take hold.
Ryanair will base two Boeing 737s at Frankfurt, offering summer-holiday hotspots, expecting to carry 400,000 passengers a year.
Europe’s biggest LCC by passengers flown is steadily creeping up on Lufthansa’s total passenger numbers and could soon overtake it to become the continent’s biggest airline.
Battered by years of strikes and hard competition, Lufthansa this week announced another round of cost-cutting – to introduce used planes instead of buying new single-aisle aircraft, deferring some purchases and not exercising options for additional ones.
The Wall Street Journal