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The German airline will initiate direct flights to Panama in November
Amidst the excitement building with Lufthansa getting ready to begin direct flights connecting Panama City with Frankfurt in November of this year, the German airline’s parent company, Lufthansa Group, announced that, as of September, all airlines in the company will begin assessing a surcharge, a so-called Distribution Costs Charge (DCC) of $17.90, for each ticket reserved via the Global Distribution System (GDS). GDS comprises ticket reservation systems such as Amadeus and Sabre, among others.
Lufthansa Group explained that tickets purchased directly from the company will not incur the fee. This would include tickets purchased through LH.com, Swiss.com, Austrian.com and BrusselsAirlines.com as well as those purchased at the respective airlines’ ticket counters in airports.
Travel agents will also be able to offer flights on Lufthansa Group airlines while avoiding the fee by using a designated online portal that will be established by the company on September 1. The changes reflect the company’s new marketing strategy that “will benefit our customers by allowing us to offer more personalized service,” said a company representative.