The current £8/€9.50 fee was introduced in November 2017 and essentially means return flights booked through indirect channels (namely the GDSs) incur a £16 charge.
BA and Iberia quickly struck deals with several TMCs to offer corporate clients a way to waive the fee, encouraging bookings made through direct and New Distribution Capability (NDC) channels.
When the new fee takes effect, bookings made through indirect channels will incur a £9/€10.50 per leg or component charge.
The move brings BA and Iberia’s fee nearly in line with with Air France KLM‘s €11 per leg fee introduced in April 2018.
Lufthansa – the first airline to levy a Global Distribution System - a major electronic worldwide reservation system used by travel agents to book flights, hotels, car rental and other travel services. The major players in this area are Sab... fee – has maintained its cheaper €16 per round trip charge.
In a statement to BBT, a spokesperson for BA commented: “The increased Distribution Technology Charge (DTC) applies to bookings that are not made using a New Distribution Capability-based connection, or through other low-cost channels such as our website, airline sales offices and call centres, or the International Airlines Group - the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia which was created by the merger of the two carriers in 2010 booking portals.
“We periodically review our distribution costs to ensure that the DTC reflects the current additional costs incurred for bookings through higher-cost channels.”