Austrian Airlines Group CEO Alfred Oetsch said Austrian is facing growing competition on its routes to Eastern Europe (ATWOnline, May 2) and that in order to defend its critical Focus East strategy and "keep our position strong," it will "consider whether to buy or take shares in one of the carriers in Eastern Europe." He did not provide further details, but airlines from countries like Romania, Bulgaria or Moldova may be among the most likely targets. "You don't buy an airline, you buy the ...

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