British Airways, Iberia to impose GDS booking fee

In a move that parallels Lufthansa’s surcharge levy introduced in 2015, British Airways and Iberia will soon impose a fee of eight pounds (US$10) on bookings made through GDSs.

The surcharge will be effective from November 1 this year, covering fares across all cabins and classes, announced both airlines – owned by International Airline Group (IAG) – in a letter to the UK agents.

The fee is expected to recover “the additional costs applied” on existing distribution channels, namely GDSs like Amadeus, Travelport and Sabre.

Bookings made through channels such as the airlines’ websites, sales offices and call offices, as well as NDC channels, NDC via an IT service provider/aggregator or self-booking tools connected to both carriers via NDC, will be exempted from the booking fee.

An IAG booking portal will soon be available.

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