Lufthansa calls off Turkish Airlines codeshare

Agreement to be terminated on March 29 next year

Lufthansa and its group subsidiaries Austrian Airlines and Swiss will end their codeshare with Star Alliance partner Turkish Airlines in 2014, explaining that the agreement no longer makes commercial sense. The agreement will be terminated on March 29, at the end of the current winter schedule.

Turkish Airlines has placed its code TK on numerous US flights as well as domestic German connections. Lufthansa argues that since Turkish is strongly expanding its range of flights in Germany, close cooperation makes no sense.

Competition between the Star Alliance partners has become stronger in recent future. Teamwork will therefore be limited to the Sun Express charter airline joint venture and also, to a limited degree, the airlines’ miles programs at lounges.


[pictured: Turkish Airlines A340; courtesy Turkish Airlines]