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German Supreme Court: no compensation from non-EU carrier for delay of connecting fligth departing from non-EU airport

In the two cases decided by the German Supreme Court (BGH) recently, the plaintiffs each had booked long haul flights with non Commnunity carriers. In both cases the transportation consisted of two segments, a feeder flight departing from the EU to a non EU hub and a connecting flight departing from this hub outside the EU to the final destination. In both cases the connecting flights were delayed more than 8 hrs and the plaintiffs sued for compensation pursuant to Reg. (EC) 261/2004.

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ECJ reconfirms "Sturgeon" decision

In today's judgement in joined cases C-581/10 - Nelson and C-629/10 TUI Travel Plc, the ECJ has reconfirmed its much disputed Sturgeon decision extending the claim for fixed compensation (which Reg.

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German Supreme Court: no air transport contract for passenger "Still Unknown"

The plaintiff booked two flight tickets through an internet booking form on the airline's website. There was a note in the booking form saying "no name change permitted after booking. name has to comply with passenger's ID card". For the first ticket the plaintiff filled in his own name whereas for the second ticket he entered "still unknown" instead of first name and family name of the second passenger.

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Single European Sky: 10 years on and still not delivering

The Single European Sky, the flagship project to create a single European airspace – tripling capacity and halving air traffic costs – is "not delivering". Vice-President Siim Kallas, European Commissioner for transport, announced his intention to present new legislative proposals in Spring 2013 to accelerate implementation, as well as taking all enforcement actions possible, including infringements where necessary.

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European Court of Justice decides in two denied boarding cases

On Oct. 4, 2012, the ECJ has published two judgements in denied boarding cases. In both judgements, the ECJ held that the concept of ‘denied boarding’ pursuant to Reg. (EC) 261/2004 relates not only to cases of overbooking but also to those concerning other grounds, such as operational reasons.

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Germany: one more reference for ECJ preliminary ruling on Reg. (EC) 261/2004

On June 29, 2012, the German Landgericht Frankfurt am Main has lodged a new refrence for preliminary ruling to the ECJ on the following question:

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Australia: Indonesian national airline not immune from legal action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

The Australian High court has ruled on 7 September 2012 that Indonesian national airline Garuda isn't immune from legal action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Since 2008, the ACCC has been pursuing a number of airlines, including Garuda in relation to alleged price fixing and anti-competitive conduct relating to surcharges applied to the carriage of air freight. Garuda contended that they were immune from the ACCC proceedings under the Foreign States Immunities Act 1985 (FSI Act).

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USA: Federal Aviation Administration to reexamine passenger use of portable electronic devices on board aircraft

On August 28, 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a request for comments on current policy, guidance, and procedures that aircraft operators (ranging from pilots of general aviation aircraft up to and including air carrier certificate holders at the major airlines) use when determining if passenger use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) may be allowed during any phase of flight on their aircraft.

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UK: airlines to include debit card surcharges in headline prices

Following enforcement action of the U.K. Office of Fair Trading (OFT), 12 airlines have agreed to include debit card surcharges in the headline price rather than surprise consumers at the end of the booking process. Any surcharges for paying by credit card will be easy to find when booking online. Aer Lingus, BMI Baby, Eastern Airways, easyJet, Flybe, German Wings, Jet2, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, Thomson (TUI) and Wizz Air were subject to an OFT consumer law investigation and have agreed to change their practices.

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Canada: Transportation Agency decides in flight cancellation and overbooking cases

In five separate decisions of June 28, 2012, the Canadian Transportation Agency ruled on the reasonableness of international tariff provisions of Air Canada, WestJet and Air Transat, and domestic tariff provisions of Air Canada and WestJet relating to the overbooking, cancellation, delay and rerouting of flights.

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