Lufthansa to Implement Price Hike Up to $77 Due to Environmental Concerns

By Thea Felicity

Jun 25, 2024 02:39 PM EDT

Lufthansa Launches Allegris High Comfort Seating
FREISING, GERMANY - APRIL 25: A Lufthansa A319 passenger plane takes off from Munich Airport during the presentation of the new Allegris premium service on April 25, 2024 near Freising, Germany. Lufthansa will install 27,000 new high comfort seats in its long distance planes across all classes of service.
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Lufthansa will introduce an 'Environmental Cost Surcharge' of up to 72 euros ($77) on its fares, starting Wednesday, June 26, for departures from January 1, 2025, the airline group announced, as shared by Reuters.

The surcharge, ranging from 1 euro to 72 euros depending on the ticket type, will be applied to flights departing from EU countries, the UK, Norway, and Switzerland. 

The increase aims to offset the rising costs associated with regulatory environmental requirements, including using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which is essential for reducing aviation's carbon footprint.

Lufthansa's stock initially dropped following the news but later recovered, according to Yahoo Finance. 

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Environmental Fees for Airlines

This move mirrors a similar decision by Air France-KLM as the airline industry keeps up with the financial impact of new EU emissions reduction regulations. The aviation sector, responsible for about 2% of global emissions, faces challenges in decarbonizing due to the current reliance on conventional jet fuel.

The new EU emissions reduction regulations mandate that fuel suppliers ensure a progressively increasing percentage of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at EU airports, with specific targets set at 2% by 2025, 6% by 2030, and 70% by 2050. 

These measures aim to reduce the aviation sector's carbon footprint by promoting bio-based and other sustainable fuels, aligning with the EU's climate goals to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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