More Emirates Fees May Be On the Way

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By Deena Kamel

Emirates airline, which started charging for early seat selection this month, could introduce additional fees on services.

The world’s biggest airline by international traffic this month started charging economy class travelers with a “saver” ticket for seat selection. Emirates is also “seriously” considering introducing a premium-economy cabin for business-class customers hit by the decline in oil prices and tightened travel budgets, said Emirates President Tim Clark.

“We’re looking at it where there’s a value proposition rather than a penalty,” Clark told reporters in Dubai, where the carrier is based. “You look at a range of offerings that could be monetized as far as we’re concerned, but more importantly, add value to what the consumer is prepared to pay. If there’s harmony, nirvana, then bingo.”

A strengthening dollar has made for a “tough” first half of the company’s financial year, Clark said. Load factor, a measure of the percentage of seating filled, is expected to be in the “mid-70s to low 80,” he said.

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