June 29, 2019: SWISS holiday airline Edelweiss has integrated the option to fly CO2-neutrally directly into the booking process. Passengers of Edelweiss, which belongs to the Lufthansa Group, can now pay for their CO2 compensation quickly and easily together with the ticket price.
Edelweiss follows in the footsteps of another Group airline, Austrian Airlines to offer this service.
If a customer books a flight on flyedelweiss.com, the cooperation partner myclimate calculates the resulting CO2 emissions during the booking process as well as the amount required to offset the CO2. If the guest wishes, they can add this sum to the airfare directly when booking the tickets.
Bernd Bauer, CEO of Edelweiss said, "We do a lot to minimise the environmental impact of our business. With our latest innovation, we would also like to draw our guests' attention to this important topic and make it as easy as possible for them to take the step towards CO2 compensation".
The climate protection foundation myclimate supports projects in developing and emerging countries, as well as in Switzerland with the compensation contributions of Edelweiss guests. These meet the highest quality standards and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
On Madagascar, for example, myclimate promotes the production and distribution of efficient and climate-friendly solar cookers. The aim is to counteract the rapid deforestation and reduce CO2 emissions. Raising awareness in schools about environmental protection and the reforestation of one seedling per cook stove sold are part of that project.
SWISS and Lufthansa have been offering their customers the opportunity to offset the CO2 emissions of their flights since 2007. The integration into the booking process should significantly increase the visibility of the offer.
All Lufthansa Group employees have been flying CO2-neutral on duty trips since 2019, in cooperation with the myclimate foundation.