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I received this message from LH. What can of strategy is it to hit the most profitable clients? I didn’t like LH. This won’t help…
We are writing to you today to inform you that, in future, the fuel surcharge (international surcharge for SWISS) for long-haul flights will be adjusted and differentiated by service class. This differentiation will affect all Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS tickets, issued with effect from 7 August 2013 and will also apply to Miles & More award tickets. The surcharges in First and Business Class will therefore be increased by 50 euros per intercontinental route segment*.
The new YQ surcharge per intercontinental segment** for Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines flights in First and Business Class:
• Middle East*, Central Asia, East Africa: 170 euros
• North and Central America, South Asia: 182 euros
• South America, Central, West and Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, the Far East, Oceania: 192 euros
The existing fuel surcharges for Economy Class long-haul flights and for short-haul flights in Business and Economy Class will remain unchanged.
Up to now the surcharge has been differentiated worldwide by distance tiers. The additional differentiation by service class on long-haul flights, which already applies in North America, will now be introduced worldwide. In taking this step the Lufthansa Group is following its competitors and a market trend within the airline.
Switzerland & Liechtenstein
Lufthansa German Airlines
Global Key Account Management
* With the exception of flights to/from North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) and to/from Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria where the YQ surcharge in Business and Economy Class remains unchanged at 43 euros. ** From Germany; inclusive of 8 euro security charge
BA did this years ago LH catching up. The type of people who pay LH First fares will not blink at this.
It is a scam and really needs intervention from the EU to put a stop to it. fuel has been over “$100 for years now and actually fairly stable in recent times. This surcharging is simply gauging customers much like mobile phone roaming charges and needs EU wide action.