BA worker’s rights were infringed by cross ban, European court rules – The Guardian

“A British Airways check-in worker’s right to express her religion was unfairly restricted when she was prevented from wearing a cross at work, the European court of human rights (ECHR) has ruled.”

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The Guardian, 15th January 2013


British Airways plc v Williams and others – WLR Daily

Posted October 19th, 2012 in airlines, EC law, holiday pay, law reports, remuneration, working time by sally

British Airways plc v Williams and others [2012] UKSC 43; [2012] WLR (D) 277

“Where a group of airline pilots’ claimed that their paid annual leave (as required by a European Aviation Directive) should include their regular supplementary allowances as well as their basic pay and, on a reference by the Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union had interpreted the Directive as requiring pay for annual leave to correspond to normal remuneration, assessed as being the average over a representative period of all remuneration save that intended exclusively to cover costs, the absence of a detailed domestic legislative scheme implementing the Directive’s requirements as to paid annual leave did not preclude an employment tribunal from making such an assessment.”

WLR Daily, 17th October 2012

Source: Deutschland GmbH v Bundesverband der Verbraucherzentralen und Verbraucherverbände – Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband eV – WLR Daily

Posted July 23rd, 2012 in airlines, consumer protection, EC law, insurance, law reports by tracey Deutschland GmbH v Bundesverband der Verbraucherzentralen und Verbraucherverbände – Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband eV: (Case C-112/11);  [2012] WLR (D)  217

“The concept of  ‘optional price supplements’, referred to in the last sentence of article 23(1) of Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 of 24 September 2008 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community, covered costs connected with the air travel, arising from services, such as flight cancellation insurance, supplied by a party other than the air carrier and charged to the customer by the person selling that travel, together with the air fare, as part of a total price.”

WLR Daily, 19th July 2012


Tyrolean Airways Tiroler Luftfahrt Gesellschaft mbH v Betriebsrat Bord der Tyrolean Airways Tiroler Luftfahrt Gesellschaft mbH – WLR Daily

Posted June 11th, 2012 in age discrimination, airlines, collective agreements, EC law, law reports by sally

Tyrolean Airways Tiroler Luftfahrt Gesellschaft mbH v Betriebsrat Bord der Tyrolean Airways Tiroler Luftfahrt Gesellschaft mbH (Case C-132/11); [2012] WLR (D) 173

“A provision in a collective agreement applicable to a group of companies within the airline industry which only took into account experience acquired as a cabin crew member from the date of recruitment by a specific airline company for the purposes of grading in the employment categories provided for in that agreement did not constitute indirect discrimination within the meaning of article 2(2)(b) of Council Directive 2000/78/EC.”

WLR Daily, 7th June 2012


BA fuel surcharge fine halved by OFT – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2012 in airlines, consumer protection, fines, news, price fixing by tracey

“The Office of Fair Trading has more than halved a £121.5m fine levied against British Airways for colluding with Virgin Atlantic in a fuel surcharge scam. The consumer watchdog reduced the fine to £58.5m to reflect new guidelines for financial sanctions and BA’s co-operation with the inquiry. Virgin Atlantic escaped any penalty because it blew the whistle on the collusion over setting fuel surcharges between 2004 and 2006.”

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The Guardian, 19th April 2012


BA stewardess wins £280,000 damages – The Independent

Posted March 27th, 2012 in airlines, damages, health & safety, news, personal injuries by sally

“A British Airways stewardess who has been unable to return to work since a metal canister fell on her head while on duty is to receive £280,000 damages.”

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The Independent, 26th March 2012


Please stow your rights in the overhead compartment – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 9th, 2012 in airlines, airports, damages, disabled persons, human rights, news, treaties by sally

“If you need reminding of what it feels like when the candy-floss of human rights is abruptly snatched away, take a flight. Full body scanners and other security checks are nothing to the array of potential outrages awaiting passengers boarding an aircraft. Air passengers in general surrender their rights at the point of ticket purchase.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th February 2012


Legal ruling could see introduction of airline ‘fat tax’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 8th, 2012 in airlines, disability discrimination, news, obesity by sally

“A court ruling could pave the way for the introduction of a ‘fat tax’ for obese fliers, a leading barrister has claimed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2012


Ryanair Holdings Ltd v Office of Fair Trading and another – WLR Daily

Posted January 5th, 2012 in airlines, appeals, competition, law reports, limitations, news, tribunals by tracey

Ryanair Holdings Ltd v Office of Fair Trading and another; [2011] EWCA Civ 1579;  [2011] WLR (D)  392

“The Competition Appeal Tribunal Rules granted a power to suspend the running of time, with regard to an investigation by the OFT, as a matter of urgency and in order to protect the public interest.”

WLR Daily, 21st December 2011


Rodríguez and Others v Air France SA (Case C-83/10) – WLR Daily

Posted December 6th, 2011 in aircraft, airlines, compensation, EC law, interpretation, law reports by sally

Rodríguez and Others v Air France SA (Case C-83/10); [2011] WLR (D) 348

“‘Cancellation’, in article 2(1) of Parliament and Council Regulation 261/2004/EC was not limited to the situation in which an aeroplane failed to take off at all, but also covered the case in which it took off but, for whatever reason, was subsequently forced to return to the airport of departure where the passengers were transferred to other flights. ‘Further compensation’ in article 12 of the Regulation allowed the national court to award compensation under the Montreal Convention for damage arising from breach of the contract of carriage by air. However that meaning was not the legal basis for the national court to order an air carrier to reimburse to passengers whose flight had been delayed or cancelled the expenses the latter had incurred because of the failure of that carrier to fulfil its obligations to assist and provide care under articles 8 and 9 of the Regulation.”

WLR Daily, 13th October 2011


Williams and others v British Airways plc (Case C-155/10) – WLR Daily

Posted September 29th, 2011 in airlines, EC law, employment, law reports, remuneration, working time by sally

Williams and others v British Airways plc (Case C-155/10); [2011] WLR (D) 282

“An airline pilot was entitled, during his annual leave, not only to the maintenance of his basic salary, but also, first, to all the components intrinsically linked to the performance of the tasks which he was required to carry out under his contract of employment and in respect of which a monetary amount, included in the calculation of his total remuneration, was provided and, second, to all the elements relating to his personal and professional status as an airline pilot, pursuant to article 7 of Directive 2003/88/EC of 4 November 2003 concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time and clause 3 of the Agreement annexed to Directive 2000/79/EC of 27 November 2000 concerning the European Agreement on the Organisation of Working Time of Mobile Workers in Civil Aviation, concluded by the Association of European Airlines, the European Transport Workers’ Federation, the European Cockpit Association, the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) and the International Air Carrier Association.”

WLR Daily, 15th September 2011


UK pilots claim ‘victory’ over BA on holiday pay – BBC News

Posted September 16th, 2011 in airlines, EC law, holiday pay, news by tracey

“UK pilots have claimed a ‘huge victory’ after a European court ruled British Airways should base holiday pay on overall earnings not just basic pay. The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) said the European Court of Justice verdict would affect pilots and cabin crew and may cost airlines £50m. The case will now go back to the UK Supreme Court for a final ruling, which the union said was unlikely to differ.”

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BBC News, 15th September 2011


OFT investigates hidden airline charges – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 9th, 2011 in airlines, consumer protection, electronic commerce, news by tracey

“The Office of Fair Trading has launched an investigation into whether airlines are hitting customers with hidden card surcharges when they book flights online.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2011



Airlines’ cheap ticket offers to be investigated – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2011 in advertising, airlines, consumer protection, EC law, news by tracey

“The European commission has launched an inquiry into airlines’ controversial ‘add-on’ charges that allow them to offer low prices bearing little resemblance to what ticket buyers end up having to pay.”

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The Guardian, 8th August 2011


Ryanair demands £175m from BAA over Stansted charges – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 28th, 2011 in airlines, airports, competition, news by tracey

“Ryanair is claiming a £175m rebate from BAA in an escalating row over airline charges at Stansted airport.”

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Daily Telegraph, 28th July 2011


Airlines risk legal action over credit card ‘sting’ – The Independent

Posted June 29th, 2011 in airlines, consumer credit, fees, news, theatre, unfair commercial practices by sally

“Budget airlines, theatres and football clubs risk legal action if they continue to levy inflated charges for paying by credit and debit cards, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) warned yesterday.”

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The Independent, 29th June 2011


UK backs EU-wide PNR plan after 15 countries back extension of proposal to internal EU flights –

Posted May 13th, 2011 in airlines, data protection, EC law, news, terrorism by tracey

“Original pan-EU plans to collect passenger name record data (PNR) applied only to flights to and from EU countries from outside the EU. The Government has opted in to the process only after receiving the support of 15 other countries for its amendment to the plan so that it applied to some flights within the EU.”

Full story, 12th May 2011


Damages awarded to Virgin Atlantic masseuses – BBC News

Posted March 11th, 2011 in airlines, damages, news, personal injuries by sally

“Two beauty therapists who suffered repetitive strain injury after giving hours of massages to Virgin Atlantic passengers have been awarded damages.”

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BBC News, 10th March 2011


Bmibaby court defeat gives hope to passengers let down by flight sites – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2011 in airlines, compensation, internet, mistake, news by sally

“A woman who was overcharged by £1,300 on bmibaby’s website – when she was booking flights so a friend could visit his terminally ill father – has won a court victory against the budget airline.”

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The Guardian, 5th March 2011


Airline worker found guilty of terrorism offences – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 1st, 2011 in airlines, Crown Prosecution Service, news, terrorism by sally

“Rajib Karim, a software engineer for British Airways (BA), was found guilty today at Woolwich Crown Court of involvement in preparing a ‘chilling plan’ to blow up a passenger plane.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 28th February 2011