Italian Antitrust Procedure in Relation to Airlines’ New Hand Baggage Policy – Update

By precautionary order dated 31 Oct. 2018 the Italian Antitrust Authority (AGCM) required the EU carriers Ryanair and Wizz Air to suspend the implementation of a new hand baggage policy that provides the payment of a surcharge to bring on board a standard trolley (i.e. up 55x40x23 cm) for flights departing from 1 Nov. 2018. In practice, the two airlines allow to bring on board for free only a “small” hand baggage (i.e. up to 40x30x20 cm) to be stored exclusively under the passenger seat, while for larger hand baggage customers would pay an extra-fee between Euro 5 and 25 (based on the various booking options).


Ryanair Dealing With Cabin Crew Strikes Across Europe

A further broad strike action against Ryanair has been recently announced by the secretary of the Belgian labour unions CNE. The strike is scheduled for the 28th of September 2018 and should involve the cabin crew employees of the airline in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and possibly also Germany. According to the media […]


Italian Supreme Court – Authorized Access to Contracts Between Local Airports and Ryanair

On 20th April 2018 the Italian Supreme Court rendered a decision (no. 9912) affirming that Alitalia shall be entitled to have sight of the contracts entered into between Ryanair and the managing companies of four Italian airports in 2009 and 2014, namely Alghero, Bari, Trapani and Verona.  The long awaited ruling, which essentially overturned the […]


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