Court rules that airlines must prioritise passengers with reduced mobility

On 23 June 2022, the Frankfurt Regional Court dealt with an airline’s obligations towards passengers with restricted mobility and the resulting liability.(1)


The two plaintiffs booked flights from Frankfurt to Budapest and from Budapest to St Petersburg via an online travel agency (OTA). One of the plaintiffs used a wheelchair. The defendant was the operating carrier for both flights. The OTA made individual reservations for each flight under separate booking numbers but issued a single booking confirmation and listed both flights on a single e-ticket. The transfer time in Budapest was 45 minutes.


Special Features of German Law in Case of Airline Insolvencies

In the past two years, there seem to be many insolvency cases among European airlines. Current examples can be found in both smaller and larger companies. At the time, Air Berlin filed for insolvency in August 2017 Air Berlin was the second-largest airline in Germany and the seventh-largest in the European Union. In September 2018 […]


Opening of new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport at stake (again)

Recent reports suggest that the need to remedy defects in a faulty fire prevention system and other construction faults will further delay the opening of the new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport.


Passenger’s right to refund restricted

Germany April 18 2018 On March 20 2018 the Federal Supreme Court issued a decision (X ZR 25/17) regarding the right to a refund of the ticket price following the cancellation of non-refundable tariffs. The full reasoning of the verdict has not yet been published; however, the main arguments have been summarised. Facts The plaintiff […]


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