Germany: another Supreme Court decision on a missed connecting flight

Following its decision of April 30, 2009, German Supreme Court(BGH) in a recent decision of May 28, 2009 (Xa ZR 113/08) confirmed that the miss of a connecting flight due to a delay of the feeding flight does not constitute “denied boarding” under Reg. 261/2004.Furthermore there was no claim for price reduction based on the delay as a delayed fligth could not be regarded “defective”. Plaintiffs therefore could only have sued for compensation of damages caused by the delay, which they, however, had not claimed for.BGH therefore upheld the dismissal of the claim by the lower courts.Source: BGH press relase of 28.05.2008; find full text in German here>>.

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