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KLM Further Expands Approach for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

KLM on Monday announced that it will soon add Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to all flights departing from Amsterdam.

From January 13, KLM customers will be able to purchase an additional amount of sustainable fuel when booking. In this manner, KLM aims to stimulate the SAF market.

Standard admixture added to ticket price

According to the announcement, a 0.5 percent SAF proportion will supplement the SAF that is already being blended for customers who have joined KLM’s Corporate and Cargo SAF programs. A surcharge for the additional SAF will be added to the ticket price. This means KLM passengers will automatically contribute to the purchase of sustainable fuel.

The surcharge will vary from 1 to 12 euros per ticket, depending on the distance flown and the seat booked (economy or business). KLM will use this contribution to finance a standard 0.5 percent SAF admixture on all flights from Amsterdam.

Photo source: KLM

Thanks to its customers who participate in the Corporate and Cargo SAF Program, KLM already has a relatively substantial share of the global SAF market today. Yet with a share of 0.18 percent in 2019, it is still less than 1 percent of its total fuel consumption.

“We realize that the 0.5 percent standard admixture on passenger tickets is a very small step, but an important one in the right direction and we hope other airlines will follow soon. We will have to work with all parties around us and come up with rock-solid solutions and innovations to further open the market for SAF,” the carrier said.

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