KLM Charges More For Extra Leg Room

May 10, 2007

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is charging passengers an extra EUR50 euros (USD$68) for seats with more leg room, such as exit row seats, in a trial on some long-haul routes, the airline said.

KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France KLM, launched the trial on flights to Singapore, Manila and Curacao on Thursday, a spokesman said.

If passengers show a willingness to pay more, KLM plans to expand the scheme on other routes -- including European flights -- as it sees an opportunity to generate additional revenue.

"Several US carriers are already using this formula and it's proving already to be successful. People are willing to pay a little bit more for a bit of extra comfort," a KLM spokesman said.

(Reuters)