Emirates forced to hike business fares on German routes

21 November 2009

Emirates airline was forced by the German government to raise the price of its business fares on routes out of Germany to destinations in Asia and South Africa, The Financial Times has reported. Due to the 'imminent threat of significant fines', the airline has said it was forced to increase business fares on routes including Frankfurt to Johannesburg, and Hamburg to Singapore by as much as 20%. A letter was sent to Emirates by the Federal Office for Goods Transport, wherein Emirates was told, it is 'not allowed to engage in price leadership' on routes out of Germany to non-EU countries, as a result of negotiated agreements on flights between Germany and other countries.

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