Berlin / Frankfurt (dpa) - Air passengers in Germany have to be prepared for a scarcer offer and rising ticket prices. According to a flight plan analysis by the Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry (BDL), the airlines offer around 1.8 percent less seating capacity up to and including October than in the same period last year.
In particular, domestic connections (-7.1 percent) and European flights (-2.1 percent) were canceled, while the intercontinental offer expanded by 3.1 percent, as the association reported in Berlin on Monday.
According to the evaluation, the low-cost airlines Easyjet and Ryanair and the holiday airline Condor in particular have thinned their program compared to 2019. In contrast, Tuifly and the Hungarian low-cost provider Wizz have increased significantly.
The association expects ticket prices for European and non-European destinations to rise in the current year. In the recent sharp decline in domestic air traffic, stable prices can be expected. The association again contested the assessment that domestic German flying was too cheap. The use of the train is almost always cheaper than the plane.
The increase in the German air traffic tax planned for April 1 will have an impact on prices. BDL President Klaus-Dieter Scheurle criticized “national solo” as counterproductive. This does not reduce CO2 emissions, but only moves them to foreign competitors. The German airlines had further lost market share at the local airports: Since 2012, their market share has decreased by 12 percentage points - from 67 to 55 percent.
As in the previous year, air traffic in Germany cannot keep up with the international growth of more than 4 percent. The BDL president cited the weakening economy, the ongoing trade conflicts and the uncertainties surrounding Brexit and the corona virus as reasons. The so-called flying shame from increased environmental awareness has not been identified as the cause so far. The bankruptcy of the airline Germania hit mainly smaller airports.
In addition, according to the association, the bankruptcy of Air Berlin still had an impact on the German market in autumn 2017, as a result of which the remaining companies initially built up enormous excess capacities to secure the market. These are now slowly being dismantled again. The current offer from German airports is still 9 percent above the value from 2016, the last year in which Air Berlin was fully on the market.