Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr has hinted to German media that the group may be considering bidding for low-cost carrier Norwegian.
Talks between Norwegian and IAG have led the low-cost carrier to reject two bids from the group, but CEO Willie Walsh said at the GTMC Overseas Conference last week that he is still interested in continuing the discussion.
German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung quoted Spohr as saying: “There’s a new wave of consolidation approaching. That means we are also in contact with Norwegian.”
He continued: “Takeovers are always a question of strategic value, the price and anti-trust. There are no easy answers.”
Both Lufthansa and International Airlines Group - the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia which was created by the merger of the two carriers in 2010 have entered the low-cost market, the former with Eurowings and the latter with Level, and have taken measures to compete with budget carriers, such as introducing hand baggage only fares on certain routes across their respective airlines.