On October 28th 2011, the European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net) launched the report “Air Passengers Rights Report 2011 – in the aftermath of the Volcanic Ash Crisis”. The report focuses on several aspects regarding air passengers’ rights in the EU today, in particular during 2010.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined Caribbean Airlines, a carrier based in Trinidad and Tobago, USD 60,000 for limiting reimbursements for lost, damaged and delayed baggage to less than consumers were entitled under the Montreal Convention.
On October 24, 2011, the United States House of Representatives approved H.R. 2594, the “European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act". If passed by the Senate and signed by the President, the bill would force the Department of Transportation to bar U.S. airline operators from complying with the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
When the plaintiff made his way to join a line of passengers at the gate at Schiphol airport for boarding a KLM flight, he tripped over a low lying metal bar similar in color to the floor and fell. The plaintiff alleged in his complaint that he sustained a fractured elbow as a result of the fall and that, under the Montreal Convention, KLM was liable for USD 3 million in damages.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Oct. 17, 2011 fined the online ticket agent Orbitz USD 60,000 for violating federal aviation laws and the Department’s rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel. For a period of time in early 2011, Orbitz’s homepage displayed advertisements that did not provide any information on additional taxes and fees.
The EU Emissions Trading Scheme Directive (2003/87/EC) established a scheme for greenhouse gas emission trading within the European Union. In 2008 the European Parliament and the European Council adopted the EU Aviation Emissions Trading Scheme Directive (2008/101/EC) to bring aviation activities within the scope of the EU scheme. Under the latter directive, from January 1 2012, all aircraft that arrive or depart from EU airports will be subject to a cap on their carbon dioxide emissions.
On the 12th March, 2008, the plaintiff, a businessman and resides at Cullion, Dungloe in the County of Donegal, was travelling with Aer Lingus from Dublin to Vilnius, Lithuania on flight EI 396 which departed Dublin at 15:15 in the afternoon. At the beginning of the flight the plaintiff asked the third named defendant (a flight attendant) to provide him with four alcoholic drinks. This request was refused and the plaintiff informed that only two alcoholic drinks could be provided at any one time.