Lufthansa is extending early seat reservation fees onto its long-haul services.
From April 28, economy class passengers wanting to reserve a specific seat at the time of booking will have to pay a fee of 25 euros (£20.60). The charge applies per flight.
The move follows the German carrier’s decision to bring in an early reservation system onto its short-haul flights last November (see news, October 2013).
Lufthansa charges ten euros on its short-haul services, but passengers have to pay 20 euros (£16.50) to sit by an emergency exit, a fee that increases to 60 euros (£49.50) on long-haul flights.
The new long-haul reservation fees, which are optional, apply to booking classes W, S, T, L and K.
Lufthansa said in a statement: “For the remaining booking classes, Economy Class advanced seat reservation remains free of charge. This service in the upcoming Premium Economy Class, Business and First Class also remains free of charge.
“For HON Circle members and Senators, advanced seat reservation is free of charge in all booking classes…
“As in the past, all guests may choose their preferred seat at no extra charge when checking in up to 23 hours before departure.”