Lufthansa to charge seat fees from next month

22 Oct 2013 by Alex McWhirter

Lufthansa economy class passengers wanting to reserve a specific seat at the time of booking will have to pay a fee from next month.

News of the charge was originally reported by Business Traveller last month (see news, September 17) and we can now reveal that it will take effect on November 26.

The German carrier has fixed the amount at 10 euros and has also decided to levy a higher sum for emergency exit rows - 20 euros per short-haul flight and 60 euros for long-haul.

It is unclear at present what will happen when passengers book transitting flights. Will they pay one fee or will they pay twice? Business Traveller will inform you as soon as possible.

Lufthansa stresses that passengers can still pre-select their favourite seat when checking-in online up to 23 hours in advance. Although, of course, by then it may already have been taken by another passenger.

The airline says that pre-selection of seating will remain free of charge to its higher ranking loyalty cardholders such as Senator, Hon Circle and companions travelling with them.

Alex McWhirter

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