According to travel news site The Beat, Lufthansa notified agencies that it will use a different method than previously planned to levy its €16 global distribution system surcharge. The seemingly minor technical detail has prompted the airline group to delay the surcharge in the Brazilian market, citing "unclear" legal implications. Lufthansa previously planned to file its surcharge using the OB code in ATPCO fare filings, which designates "ticketing fees," but now will use the YQ/YR category, often used for fuel surcharges and other "carrier-imposed fees."
The German carrier still plans to use the OB standard when GDSs are capable, but it has not committed to a timeline.
Until it does, the airline group confirmed an impact at the Brazilian point of sale.
The Sept. 1 date for its surcharge roll out is still "on schedule" in all other markets.