Ryanair has become the second European low-fare airline to accuse Lufthansa of employing predatory pricing to drive it out of the German market.

The Irish carrier has followed British Airways subsidiary Go in filing a complaint with the European Commission (EC), this time alleging that the German flag carrier selectively slashed fares in an attempt to drive it off the Frankfurt-London Stansted route. Go claimed earlier this year that it was forced to "temporarily suspend" its Stansted-Munich flights following unfair undercutting by Lufthansa.

"It is clear that Lufthansa is engaged in a policy of below-cost pricing on those routes where it faces competition from Ryanair and other low-cost airlines," claims Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary. Lufthansa says that if it is asked for a response by the EC, then "we will look into the accusations"

Source: Flight International