Ryanair and Lufthansa have solved their problems with the Laudamotion lease contracts, thus avoiding an audience in the London court scheduled for November, according to both airlines.
In July, Lufthansa said it was giving up its lease agreement with Laudamotion, claiming that the Austrian commercial airline had not complied with the payments, so the process to go to court was initiated despite the fact that Laudamotion rejected the accusations of the German airline, whose view was scheduled for next November.
Finally, to resolve the dispute and avoid going to court, the Austrian company will return the nine aircraft leased to Lufthansa during the first half of 2019, as both companies have agreed. “The parties have resolved the litigation between them, so the High Court of London will not hear the matter in November 2018,” they say.
The dispute between the two highlighted the battle to control the market in Germany and Austria after the collapse of Air Berlin, and finally it was the largest low cost company in Europe, Ryanair, which took 75% of the capital of the coveted Austrian subsidiary, to the detriment of the German giant.
Laudamotion does not need airplanes because it will double its current Airbus fleet with a new order of 18 A320 aircraft that it will receive during the summer of 2019. This operation also involves adding Airbus aircraft to the Ryanair group for the first time, since for now it only operates with Boeing.
The new Laudamotion operates at the moment with ten Boeing 737 of Ryanair in addition to its Airbus aircraft, and proposed to reduce six for the summer of next year, in line with the objective not to have a mixed fleet of Boeing-Airbus operating.