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Ukraine International Airline adds surcharge to GDS bookings

Ukraine’s national airline is adding a surcharge to ticket sales made through the three GDS companies.

Ukraine International Airline (UIA) said the $9 per flight segment fee is being introduced to “cover the growing fees of global distribution systems”.

The fee is not applicable to bookings made direct through UIA channels.

The airline’s announcement comes two years after Lufthansa made the controversial decision to charge €16 for every ticket issued by a booking channel using a GDS.

The decision was met with anger by many buyers and travel organisations but other airlines have followed Lufthansa’s decision closely and others including British Airways’ owner IAG are rumoured to be making a similar move.

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