Lufthansa Group imposes environmental cost surcharge on tickets

Airlines across the Lufthansa Group will impose an environmental cost surcharge of up to €72 on flights from 2025.

The German airline company said that the surcharge is intended “to cover part of the steadily rising additional costs due to regulatory environmental requirements”. 

The additional charge will vary between €1 and €72 depending on the route and fare.

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The surcharge is being levied on all tickets issued from yesterday (Wednesday) and applies to departures from January 1, 2025. 

It applies to all flights sold and operated by the Lufthansa Group departing from the 27 EU countries, as well as the UK, Norway and Switzerland.

Besides Lufthansa, the group includes Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings and Swiss.

The company said: “The Lufthansa Group invests billions in new technologies every year and works together with partners on innovations that help to make flying more sustainable step by step and drive the scaling of key technologies beyond the Lufthansa Group. 

“In addition, the Lufthansa Group has actively supported global climate and weather research for many years. 

“However, the airline group will not be able to bear the successively increasing additional costs resulting from regulatory requirements in the coming years on its own. 

“Part of these expected costs for the year 2025 are now to be covered by the new environmental cost surcharge.”

The group said: “The surcharge is intended to cover part of the steadily rising additional costs due to regulatory environmental requirements.

“These include the statutory blending quota of initially 2% for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for departures from European Union countries from January 1, 2025, adjustments to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) as well as other regulatory environmental costs such as the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).”

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