Plaintiff wanted to do an online booking of 4 tickets for a flight from Stuttgart (Germany) to San Jose (California). By mistake he clicked San Jose (Costa Rica) as destination of his flight. As the booking confirmation he received just showed "San Jose" without specifying a country, he only realized his mistake when checking in at Stuttgart airport. To get to San Jose (California) he had to purchase another 4 tickets at EUR 9.037. Back home he sued the operator of the online booking portal for compensation.
According to a pre-budget report by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), U.K.'s air passenger duty for coach travelers flying from the United States will increase from 40 to 45 British pounds (from about $60 to $68) late next year. HMRC proposes even larger increases for the following year -- a 60-pound charge for transatlantic coach travelers and 120 for passengers in premium classes.
Plaintiff, an Egypt born Austrian citizen, was employed at an airline's catering division. His field of work included the preparation of snacks for the airline's passengers which he did for more than two years without any complaint when suddenly the Austrian Federal Minsitry for Transport, Innovation and Technology called the airport operating company and requested them to deprive plaintiff of his airport identity card: due to information by the national counter-terrorist department he would have to be regarded a servere security risk.
On Nov. 14th the European Commission updated the list of airlines banned within the EU for safety reasons. New on the list is Cambodian Siam Reap Airlines International. The ban of TAAG Angola Airlines has been extended to all Angolan airlines.
UNWTO launches its new long-term research programme UNWTO Future Vision: Tourism Towards 2030. The study will forecast international tourism growth through the year 2030 and identify key actual and future trends and their impact on tourism development. It will combine industry data with the views of UNWTO members, tourism practitioners, trends experts and academics around the world.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued an emergency safety mandate to check fuel pumps on more than 560 Boeing Co 737 airliners flown by U.S. airlines. Faulty fuel pumps could result in fire or explosions. As aircrafts are not expected to be grounded for the checks, flights should not be disrupted.
Three months after the new Kenya Civil Aviation Regulations (KCAR) were enacted despite objections from stakeholders, the first problems appear in their implementation. As stakeholders had feared, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) staff are overstrained enforcing overly detailed and disorganized regulations.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has warned that unauthorized third parties have established websites seeking to charge Visa Waiver Program travelers for electronic travel authorization. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables eligible citizens or nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Airline passengers looking for protection against being stranded for hours on tarmacs cannot count on much help from a federal task force that's been trying to resolve the problem for nearly a year.
The "tarmac task force" was expected to vote Wednesday on guidelines for airlines and airports on how to craft their own contingency plans for dealing with lengthy delays. But the task force wasn't even able agree on what constitutes a "lengthy delay" — one hour, two hours or 10 hours.
The new "Regulation on common rules for the operation of air services in the community" (EC 1008/2008) which came into force on Nov. 1 and (inter alia) provides for an obligatory "all inclusive" price in airline advertising (see posting of Nov. 2) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on Oct. 30 and is available online here>>.