Airline Business

Struggling to Get Off the Ground

Probably not Sundair customers. Source: dpa

It’s not easy being a small airline in Germany at the moment. National carrier Lufthansa dominates the skies, with an almost 70 percent market share from the country’s two hub airports Frankfurt and Munich. Meanwhile, low-cost carriers EasyJet and Ryanair are battling it out for supremacy of the budget sector. Several other medium-sized players such as Wizzair and TUI are also hustling above the clouds, while Air Berlin, the country’s second largest airline, knows only too well about the cut-throat environment: it filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday.

So you’d think that now was not the time to set up an airline. Not so, according to Marcos Rossello, a German entrepreneur who has just launched Sundair. Unsurprisingly, its arrival in the marketplace was turbulent.

The carrier, which is part-owned by large tour operator Schauinsland-Reisen, was supposed to start flying vacationers to sun-soaked destinations in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands in early July. Instead, the company has been beset by delays, failed deliveries and – worst of all – unhappy customers.

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