BERLIN, March 16 Lufthansa sees
obstacles to a full takeover of rival Air Berlin, but
it could imagine working more closely with the carrier, chief
executive Carsten Spohr on Thursday.
Lufthansa is leasing 38 crewed planes from Air Berlin and
rival Ryanair has described the move as a prelude to a
takeover of the loss-making carrier.
But Spohr said Air Berlin's debts, high costs and antitrust
issues would prevent a full takeover and that he saw no
resolution to those issues.
"We could imagine using more capacity from them in future,"
Spohr told reporters after the carrier's annual press
(Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Christoph Steitz)