Lufthansa Tests Environmental Tariff in Scandinavia

Under the name “Green fare”, the group is testing a tariff that includes CO2 compensation in the fare. For this purpose, Shell is to supply Lufthansa with synthetic kerosene.

Frankfurt The Lufthansa Group is testing a new ticket tariff on the Scandinavian market, which is intended to benefit the environment. In addition to the classic tariffs Light, Classic and Flex, a so-called “green tariff” has also appeared in the booking process for European flights from Norway, Sweden and Denmark since Tuesday, as the group announced in Frankfurt. This makes it the first international aviation group to offer something of this kind.

With the “Green fare” ticket, customers automatically acquire a CO2 offset, 20 percent of which is achieved through fuels produced sustainably from leftovers (SAF) and 80 percent with climate protection projects. The new tariff can be booked in both economy and business class.

Compensation of this kind in no way undoes the CO2 emissions of a flight and could even legitimize environmentally harmful behavior afterwards, critics argue. So far, SAF has only been available in small quantities. The EU is planning minimum quotas for blending with conventional kerosene. Lufthansa has signed a delivery contract with Shell for 1.8 million tons for the period 2024 to 2031.

In the other markets outside of Scandinavia, Lufthansa continues to make its customers a compensation offer at the end of the booking process. Via the “Compensaid” platform, passengers can choose between SAF, climate protection projects or a mixture of both at different prices.

With Lufthansa, corporate customers can reduce the climate impact of their employee flights across the board. In addition to the Lufthansa offer, there are other platforms where customers can at least mathematically offset the CO2 emissions of travel by making voluntary payments. In principle, customer demand for sustainable travel offers is increasing, Lufthansa reported.