FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2014 file photo Lufthansa planes are parked at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
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Germany's competition watchdog Thursday rubbished Lufthansa's claim that recent price hikes on domestic routes were purely down to automated booking software, saying companies shouldn't "hide behind algorithms".Germany's Federal Cartel Office (FCO) is currently probing complaints that Lufthansa fares shot up on some routes after bankrupt rival Air Berlin stopped flying in late October.Industry experts say Lufthansa ticket prices have jumped by 30 percent on some routes, according to German media.Competition in Germany is expected to increase again once easyJet begins operating from January some of the Air Berlin assets it has acquired.
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