Air France-KLM increases prices to pay for cleaner fuel

Impossible for the passenger to escape it. Airline tickets are increasing in the Air France-KLM group. This is what the group calls the “sustainable aviation fuel” contribution.

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The measure has been applied since Monday, January 10. An increase in the price of tickets in the Air France-KLM group from one to twelve euros intended to offset part of the additional cost generated by the new fuel, a specific fuel that reduces CO2 emissions. These price increases will be distributed according to the category of the seat occupied in the cabin: from one to four euros in Economy class, from 1.50 euros to twelve euros in the Business cabin, and according to the distance traveled.

All the Air France-KLM brands, including low-cost ones like Transavia, will integrate this famous sustainable fuel on flights departing from France and the Netherlands. Air France will even offer, from Thursday 13 January, to passengers to contribute to the purchase of additional fuel on its website. Citizen approach for those who wish it: each euro of voluntary contribution will be invested in the purchase of clean fuels which represent 0.5 to 1% of the total quantity of fuel used by the group. It does not seem like much for the moment, before a gradual rise in power.

They are also called SAF, in English: sustainable aviation fuel. They are produced from used oils, cooking oils or forestry and agricultural residues and make it possible to reduce CO2 emissions by 75% over their life cycle compared to fossil aviation fuel such as traditional kerosene. The latter represents 20 to 30% of the cost of flights for airlines. However, AFS are four to eight times more expensive in their current mode of production.

So only the emergence of sectors for large-scale production in France and Europe will allow costs to be reduced. We will have to work twice as hard because global air transport has set itself the goal of achieving zero net emissions by 2050. In other words, almost tomorrow.

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