Lufthansa Group has started to offers fares which include ‘full’ compensation for CO2 emissions. The Group says that the new ‘Green Fare’ which is being tested in Scandinavia for flights operated by Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines “includes full compensation of CO2 emissions.”

What the Group means by that is that the fare includes an additional premium which pays for 100 per cent offsetting, with 80 percent of the offsetting done through climate protection projects and 20 percent through the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

Many airlines, including those of the Lufthansa Group, offer the chance to offset flight emissions, although fewer offer the chance to buy SAF.

The Lufthansa Group has offered the chance for passengers to offset their flights for some years, but this Spring integrated this into the booking process, including both certified climate protection projects and SAF, after selecting their ticket. Lufthansa and SWISS customers can offset the CO2 emissions of their flight directly on board with the option is displayed in the onboard inflight entertainment system on selected flights. In addition, members of Miles & More can use award miles to buy offsets (a flight from Frankfurt am Main to New York in Economy Class, for example, can be offset with as little as 1,150 award miles.)

Guide to airline carbon offset programmes

The new pilot project means that the new ‘green’ fare will initially be offered to all guests booking their flight from Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The fare is displayed alongside the familiar fares (Light, Classic, Flex) as an additional fare option in the online booking screen directly after the flight selection. The new offer is available in both economy and business class for flights within Europe. The new fare also includes the option of free rebooking, as well as extra status and award miles. Starting in autumn, travel agency partners in Scandinavia will also offer the new fare

“We want to make CO2-neutral flying a matter of course in the future. To this end, we already offer our guests the most comprehensive range of services and are consistently expanding this further. As of now, we are offering a dedicated ‘green fare’ for the first time, which already includes the complete offsetting of the flight’s CO2 emissions through sustainable aviation fuel and certified climate protection projects, already embedded in the price. People don’t just want to fly and discover the world – they also want to protect it. We are driven by the need to support our customers with the right offers,” says Christina Foerster, member of the Lufthansa Group’s Executive Board, responsible for brand and sustainability.