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Lufthansa Restricts July Seat Sales to Most Expensive Category

  • Airline raises basic one-leg ticket price to 500 euros
  • Move comes as carrier runs out of seats due to cancellations
Empty seats on an Airbus SE A340 aircraft, operated by Deutsche Lufthansa AG in Frankfurt, Germany.

Empty seats on an Airbus SE A340 aircraft, operated by Deutsche Lufthansa AG in Frankfurt, Germany.

Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Deutsche Lufthansa AG will only offer seats in its most expensive booking class for the month of July, raising the price of even the cheapest return flights between London and Frankfurt to 1,000 euros ($1,037).

Europe’s biggest airline is limiting availability after a wave of flight cancellations meant it was running out of open seats. The measure comes as thousands of travelers seek to rebook their tickets after Lufthansa canceled more than 3,000 flights due to staffing shortages and airport disruption.