BERLIN, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Flying in Germany costs more, as the prices of tickets for low cost air carriers have rised since last year, said a study on Friday.
According to the current "Low Cost Monitor 1/2014" of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, the average prices for all routes and flight times in this spring were between 70 and 160 euros (96 to 221 U.S. dollars), much more expensive than last year, when the average prices moved between 60 and 120 euros in the same period.
According to the DLR study, Air Berlin, with an average price of 158.64 euros, is the most expensive provider among the 19 most important airlines with low-cost offerings, while the cheapest was the provider Wizz with 69.99 euros.
However, the study noted that in comparing the prices one should take into account the fact that the airlines offer different routes and services.
DLR attributed the reason for the increase in the average price to the restructuring of the market.
While the biggest provider of low cost air carriers, Air Berlin, is curtailing its offers and calling off various regional air routes, the Lufthansa subsidiary German Wings is expanding its route network currently with 1,200 departures each week.
However, Air Berlin, despite decline, still remains the front-runner, by offering 42 percent of all cheap flights, about 1,700 departures per week, said the study.
According to DLR, the entire low-cost segment is experiencing a significant growth, as 466 routes had been operated in the past winter in and from Germany by low cost air carriers, a growth of about 10 percent.
The development of the flight network is moving significantly "towards the previous high mark in a winter schedule of over 500 flights from the year 2011," said the study.