The airline, which has only achieved the first stage of a transfer flight due to a significant delay, may be sued before the courts of final destination in order to compensate, the Court of Justice of the European Union said on Wednesday.
In the judgment of the EU Court in Luxembourg, it is underlined: this is also the case if the single reservation is made for flights of different airlines, but arrival with a significant delay on the final destination can be attributed to disruption during the first flight.
The precedent of the case is that air passengers took flight from Spain to Germany at the Iberia and Air Berlin airlines. The first domestic airline in Spain came with a significant delay, which led passengers to miss their second flight to Germany. Passengers arrived at their final destination several hours late. Due to the significant delays, the passengers concerned appealed to the German courts for an indemnity to be imposed on the airline operating the first flight under the EU Airline Rights Regulation.
The EU court ruled that the final destination in Germany was not only the second flight but also the first domestic route to Spain to be regarded as a place of supply for the services to be provided even if the two flights were carried by two different carriers.
The court emphasized that, in the case of a single reservation of a complete flight, all the air carriers concerned are obliged to transport the passenger from the point of departure to the destination by touching the airport providing the transfer. Accordingly, the company operating a first delayed flight between the starting point and the transfer point may be charged by the passengers at the court of destination.
Source: MTI / Picture: turizmusonline.hu /