German carrier Lufthansa plans to expand ties with Jet Airways to help its customers get better access to connecting flights in India. Lufthansa group, however, do not have any plan to buy an equity stake in any Indian carrier and would continue its focus on acquisitions in Europe, Carsten Spohr, chairman, and CEO, Deutsche Lufthansa AG said on Wednesday.
Lufthansa Group, which operates 60 flights to and from India per week, has recently introduced the fuel-efficient A350-900 aircraft on Munich-Delhi route.
India is one of the markets in which Lufthansa group would plan operating low-cost inter-continental flights through its fully owned subsidiary Eurowings — a low-cost carrier. On its plans for low-cost operations to India, Spohr said: “It’s too early to say. We only recently started last year … since we are looking at the extension of our fleet, our intercontinental aircraft with Eurowings. I was mentioning that India will be on the list but we do not replace existing destinations. We will rather complement, natural thought will be Goa.”
On the civil aviation ministry’s earlier proposal to auction unused bilateral, which was later dropped when the National Civil Aviation Policy was finalized, Will said Lufthansa was surprised to learn about the proposal.