Lufthansa/germanwings and airberlin both plan German growth of 2-3% for next summer with Norwegian expanding rapidly

germanwings has added this seasonal winter service from Hamburg to Memmingen to its network.

Apart from taking over many Lufthansa routes, germanwings is also adding new routes to its network, such as this seasonal winter service from Hamburg to Memmingen, which launched in December. germanwings’ weekly seat capacity will be up almost 50% next summer thanks to Lufthansa’s on-going transfer of its non-hub services from German airports.

The German air travel market continues to be impacted by the government-imposed ‘air travel tax’, and the fact that the country’s second biggest carrier (airberlin) continues to find profits elusive and reduced its fleet by 12 aircraft in 2013, resulting in a 5% reduction in passengers. Meanwhile, Lufthansa continues the process of handing over all of its non-hub flying from non-hub airports to its low-cost subsidiary germanwings. This year will see major changes at the airline’s Düsseldorf base, as Lufthansa relinquishes its leading position at the airport to archrival airberlin.

Analysis of currently reported schedule data, for the leading airlines serving the German market, reveals which are planning to increase capacity most across German airports during the peak summer month of July.

Airline Weekly Seats
July 2013
Weekly Seats
July 2014
% change
Lufthansa (LH) + germanwings (4U) 1,301,485 1,336,858 +2.7%
Lufthansa (LH) 1,129,759 1,081,020 -4.3%
airberlin (AB) 440,105 448,914 +2.0%
germanwings (4U) 171,726 255,838 +49.0%
Ryanair (FR) 136,647 tbc
Condor (DE) 99,838 102,568 +2.7%
easyJet (U2) 62,820 69,600 +10.8%
Turkish Airlines (TK) 49,452 52,482 +6.1%
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 15 July 2013 and w/c 14 July 2014

Lufthansa (including germanwings) and airberlin are apparently planning capacity growth of between 2% and 3%, which is significantly above the passenger growth at German airports in 2013, which in the first 11 months of the year averaged just 0.6%. Fast-growing airlines outside of these top seven carriers are Norwegian (+92.7%), Aegean Airlines (+41.7%), SunExpress (+31.8%), Aeroflot (+26.6%) and Vueling (+25.5%). Overall, for all airlines in the German market, capacity growth for next July is currently planned at, coincidentally, 0.6%.

Six airlines share #1 position at Germany’s ‘million-plus’ airports

In 2013, there were 18 airports across Germany which handled more than one million passengers. Lufthansa was the leading airline based on scheduled seat capacity at eight of them, with its low-cost subsidiary germanwings leading the way at two other airports. airberlin was #1 at just two airports, Berlin Tegel and Nuremberg, though it fills the runners-up spot at half the airports analysed. Ryanair came top at four airports, while easyJet (Berlin Schönefeld) and Wizz Air (Dortmund) were the leading carriers at one airport each.

German airport #1 #2 #3
Frankfurt (FRA) Lufthansa Condor United Airlines
Munich (MUC) Lufthansa airberlin Air Dolomiti
Düsseldorf (DUS) Lufthansa airberlin Condor
Berlin Tegel (TXL) airberlin Lufthansa germanwings
Hamburg (HAM) Lufthansa airberlin germanwings
Stuttgart (STR) germanwings airberlin Lufthansa
Cologne Bonn (CGN) germanwings airberlin Lufthansa
Berlin Schönefeld (SXF) easyJet Norwegian Ryanair
Hannover (HAJ) Lufthansa germanwings TUIfly
Nuremberg (NUE) airberlin Lufthansa Air France
Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) Ryanair Wizz Air SunExpress
Bremen (BRE) Ryanair Lufthansa germanwings
Weeze (NRN) Ryanair transavia.com airberlin
Leipzig (LEJ) Lufthansa airberlin Condor
Dortmund (DTM) Wizz Air germanwings Ryanair
Dresden (DRS) Lufthansa airberlin germanwings
Karlsruhe/Baden (FKB) Ryanair airberlin Germania
Münster/Osnabrück (FMO) Lufthansa airberlin Ryanair
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for all of 2013

In some cases the second ranked airline is a long way behind the first (such as at Frankfurt Hahn and Weeze), while at Düsseldorf the difference between Lufthansa and airberlin is very small.


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