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With Lufthansa and the Star Alliance ramping up transatlantic low-cost carrier service via Eurowings, competition for budget flights to Europe is about to get hot.

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Only days after IAG, the parent of British Airways, announced that it was launching Level, a low-cost carrier with transatlantic service, Deutsche Lufthansa AG announced similar expansion plans.

Rather than starting a new airline like IAG though, Lufthansa’s service will come through an extension of Eurowings, its current low-cost carrier that primarily operates short-haul flights in Europe. Right now, that carrier only runs one transatlantic flight between Miami and Cologne, Germany — but with competition heating up, apparently expansion is now a higher priority.

Details on the new service are still light but apparently several destinations in Germany from the U.S. are currently under consideration. And once Air France gets its budget carrier off the ground, all three alliances in Europe will soon start the battle for transatlantic low-cost dominance.

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Photo credit: Eurowings, the low-cost arm of Lufthansa, will soon be used for budget transatlantic flights. Eurowings

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