The Lufthansa Group won't add a surcharge on GDS bookings
made in China, New Zealand, Iran, Libya and Yemen when the 16 euro fee goes
into effect in most countries around the world on Sept. 1, a company spokeswoman
This comes on the heels of an explanation Tuesday that
bookings made in Brazil would also not immediately be subject to the
distribution cost charge due to concerns about whether the charge is legal in
Brazil under the “YR” fee code Lufthansa plans to use for billing in the GDSs.
Once it resolves technical complications, Lufthansa Group
(Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss International Air
Lines) plans to begin coding the distribution charge as an “OB” ticketing fee
in the GDSs.
The fee, which amounts to slightly less than $18 at the
current dollar-to-euro exchange rate, has raised objections from travel
agencies in the United States and Europe due to concerns that it will reduce
their operational efficiency.