Ryanair slams Lufthansa price fixing

Ryanair has submitted a complaint to the European Competition Commissioner, Neelie Kroes about the blatant price fixing of Lufthansa, Swiss, KLM and Air France.
Today Ryanair is releasing 200,000 €5 seats (including taxes) from Bremen and Hamburg Lubeck. Only Ryanair guarantees the lowest fares. Only Ryanair guarantees no fuel surcharges ever.

Speaking today in Hamburg, Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary said:

“Ryanair is the only airline in Germany to guarantee no fuel surcharges ever. In a six hour period on 25th September, four airlines which account for some 30% of the European short haul market, Lufthansa, Swiss, KLM and Air France all increased their fuel surcharges by another €5 to as high as €70 per seat. Last month British Airways was fined by the British and American Governments for price fixing.

“This latest abusive increase in fuel surcharges highlights the lack of competition between the European mega-carriers, who continue to gouge European consumers by imposing bogus fuel surcharges. Ryanair is the only airline in Germany to guarantee passengers that they will never have to pay fuel surcharges, not now, not ever.

“Ryanair’s no fuel surcharge guarantee has delivered record growth from Northern Germany, where we offer the lowest fares on 18 routes from Bremen and on 7 routes from Hamburg Lubeck.


“While Lufthansa is increasing fares and fuel surcharges for German passengers, Ryanair is lowering fares and guaranteeing no fuel surcharges ever. Today we are releasing 200,000 €5 seats including taxes across all of our routes from Bremen and Hamburg. These bargain seats will sell out in record time so we urge all passengers to book today on www.ryanair.com”.