Lufthansa chief Wolfgang Mayrhuber has reiterated the need for consolidation in the European air transport market, stating that it should not be obstructed.

The German flag-carrier is in the process of acquiring Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines and BMI but the tie-ups are subject to European regulatory scrutiny.

Speaking during Lufthansa's annual general meeting today, Mayrhuber said: "Important foundations have been laid in the consolidation process.

"The further consolidation of airlines in Europe is a prerequisite in order to be able to succeed in global competition.

"It is in the interest of the business location and employment market that no insurmountable obstacles be placed in the way."

European Union competition authorities have already expressed doubt over the fairness of the Austrian acquisition and extended an inquiry into the Brussels Airlines takeover.

Lufthansa has also recently notified the European Commission of its intention to take control of UK operator BMI.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news