Turkish criticises Lufthansa move to end codeshares

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Turkish Airlines is calling on Lufthansa to reconsider a decision to end their codeshare agreement and reduce bonus mile credits for passengers on the Istanbul-based carrier's flights due to increasing competition between the Star Alliance partners.

"We do not approve the unilateral decision Lufthansa has taken on these issues and hope to be reconsidered,” says Turkish.

The German flag carrier has decided to let its codeshare deal with Turkish and the equivalent agreement of Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines expire with the beginning of the summer 2014 schedule at the end of March.

Additionally, from January the Frankfurt-based group will credit passengers with only a quarter of the status miles they currently earn when they use Turkish in combination with Lufthansa/Austrian flights.

As a Star Alliance member, Turkish is providing its services to "all passengers" of the partnership under "fair competition conditions", the carrier says. Codeshare and frequent-flyer programme agreements "should be considered in this context", it adds.

Lufthansa is distancing itself from Turkish because, it says, the competitive situation has changed.