July 2009

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USA: no testimony of FBI agents regarding 9/11 probes

In an order relating to three wrongful death cases and 19 property-damage cases following the 9/11 attacks, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan denied a motion by the airlines to question six current and former FBI agents. The airline defendants had hoped to show at trial that the government's failure to apprehend the terrorists and stop the attacks was so considerable that it mitigates and excuses any alleged faults of the airlines.
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German Supreme Court (BGH): no price reduction for delayed flight

Plaintiff had booked a flight from Frankfurt/Main (FRA) to Phoenix (PHX) via Washington, D.C. (DCA). The flight from FRA to DCA was scheduled for departure on Oct. 7, 2006, 13:25 hrs. Departure was delayed to 17:00 hrs and plaintiff missed his conneting flight to PHX. He claimed for compensation under Reg. 261/2004 as well as price reduction.
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European Court of Justice: court of place of departure or arrival compentent for compensation claims under Reg. 261/2004

In a judgement rendered today (Case C-204/08, Rehder v. Air Baltic), ECJ held that neither the location of the head office of the company operating the flight nor the place where the air transport contract was entered into is conclusive with regard to the choice of the court having jurisdiction in regard to claims for flat-rate compensation under Reg. (EC) 261/2004.
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Israel: Netanyahu stops VAT on tourism

To the dissatisfaction of the Treasury, Prime Minister Netanyahu cancelled the recommendation for the imposition of a 16.5 percent VAT on the purchase of foreign tourist services in Israel. The heads of the tourism industry said that the Prime Minister has made the correct decision at a time when the number of foreign tourists coming to Israel was falling.

Source: eTurboNews; find article here>>.
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UK: new departure tax detrimental to tourism?

ETOA, which represents inbound European tour operators warns UK government to go ahead with plans to increase Air Passenger Duty (APD) next November while the Netherlands and Belgian governments have this month abolished departure taxes in an effort to give a stimulus to tourism through their international airports.
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USA: cruise industry supports proposed safety legislation

Contrary to its previous position, on Monday the U.S.cruise ship industry supported proposed federal safety legislation, which would provide cruise ships with increased security.

The bill aims to make reporting crime aboard ships mandatory and require ships to install security latches and peepholes in cabin doors. Along with security precautions, ship physicians would also have to be trained in sexual assault examinations.
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European Court of Justice: Penalty on Greece for Non-Recovery of illegal State Aid to Olympic Airways

In 2002, the Commission took the view that certain aid granted by Greece to Olympic Airways was incompatible with the common market for failing to comply with certain conditions initially laid down. The aid had to be recovered without delay. Faced with inertia from Greece, the Commission first made an application to the Court in 2003. A judgment holding that Greece had failed to fulfil its obligations was delivered in 2005.
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France: passenger demonstrations following Yemenia crash

In France potential passengers –mostly from the Comores community - are refusing to fly again with Yemen flag carrier, denouncing the poor quality. They ask French authorities to ban the airline from French and even EU skies. It is an unprecedented move against an airline with serious potential consequences for the airline industry: Passengers forcing an airline to out of a market could create a precedent open a new era in the relations between airlines and their customers.

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UNWTO: international tourism down by 8%

According to the June edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer international tourism declined by 8% between January and April compared to the same period last year. Destinations worldwide recorded a total of 247 million international tourist arrivals in those four months, down from 269 million in 2008. Given the changes in the outlook UNWTO has revised its forecast for the full year 2009.

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European Union: Commission to strengthen systems to enforce consumer law

Today the European Commission adopted a "consumer enforcement package" to strengthen the EU-wide enforcement of consumer rules. The package consists of: a Communication setting out five priority areas for action, and a report on the first two years of application of the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) Regulation1, which established an EU wide network of public authorities enforcing consumer rules in the Member States ("CPC Network"), for example, with EU wide investigations into websites selling airline ticket or ringtone subscriptions for children.