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United matches $3 surcharge on Europe flights

United and Continental Airlines last night matched Delta’s $3 surcharge on one-way tickets from the United States to Europe, days after the European Union started requiring airlines to pay for greenhouse gas emissions. Michael Trevino, a United spokesman, would not discuss why the airline decided to add the surcharge.

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Trebor Banstetter, a spokesman for Delta, also would not comment on whether or not the law, part of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), was the reason behind that carrier’s surcharge on European fares.

However, CEO Rick Seaney says he thinks Delta’s surcharge “is pretty clearly related to ETS.”

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