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Judgment of the ECJ: Flights brought forward are considered to be canceled


Moving a flight forward can create a lot of stress for travelers. And what if you miss the flight because of that? The ECJ is now on the side of travelers.

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If a flight is brought forward by more than an hour, it is considered to be canceled.

That was the verdict of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg.

The reasoning stated that the airline's move forward could lead to serious inconvenience for the passengers.

Passengers would therefore be entitled to the compensation payment provided for in the Passenger Rights Ordinance.

The reason for the judgment were inquiries from various regional courts. The Regional Court of Düsseldorf and the Austrian Regional Court of Korneuburg have to decide on claims by passengers against various airlines. You submitted questions about EU law to the ECJ. This now also decided that a passenger can have claims against an airline even if the tourism company he has commissioned has not booked the flight at all.

If the tour operator has issued the passenger with a receipt for the flight, this receipt counts as a confirmed booking.

The ECJ stated that the passenger could not be required to obtain information about the relationship between the travel company and the air carrier.

For its part, the airline could make recourse claims against the tour operator.

In the specific cases, the German and Austrian courts have to decide.

jlk / AFP

Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2021-12-21

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