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Lufthansa Should Consider Gulf Partnership, German Official Says

  • ‘Walling off’ market won’t block Persian Gulf rivals: Zypries
  • German carrier may look to Turkish Airlines for Mideast ties

Deutsche Lufthansa AG should consider teaming up with one of the Persian Gulf airlines rather than bashing them with regulators, following the example of British Airways’ parent company and Qatar Airways Ltd., a German government official said.

“Walling off the market won’t help, and the Gulf carriers have a geo-strategic advantage due to their location,” Brigitte Zypries, the Economy Ministry state secretary who coordinates Germany’s aviation and aerospace policy, said in a phone interview late Tuesday. “One should think about other possibilities.”