Lufthansa nears decision on regional restructuring

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German flag-carrier Lufthansa expects within a few weeks to reveal details of its newly-restructured regional operation which will feature up to five partners – possibly including Italian carrier Air Dolomiti.

Two airlines which had been closely affiliated with the Team Lufthansa regional division – Cirrus Airlines and Cimber Air – have already opted to withdraw from the future arrangement, although they continue to codeshare with the German airline.

Lufthansa is restructuring the regional airline division in order to harmonise the arrangements it has with each carrier.

“There’s been no common basis of co-operation so far,” says a spokeswoman for Lufthansa. “We’ve had different co-operation methods [with each partner].”

This restructured operation, details of which Lufthansa is to unveil in a few weeks’ time, will lay down the roles to be played by Lufthansa’s main German affiliates – Lufthansa CityLine and Eurowings – but is also expected to see the airline further tighten its links with Augsburg Airways and Contact Air.

A source familiar with the situation adds that Italian carrier Air Dolomiti could “possibly be a part of this new concept”. Lufthansa recently increased its shareholding in Air Dolomiti and has just appointed an ex-Lufthansa executive as the airline’s new CEO.

Lufthansa will probably develop a new brand for the regional operation, says the airline, but the move to establish a more common regional platform is unlikely to involve the German carrier’s taking additional shares in the carriers.