Do European regulations of compensation apply when a connecting leg (that begins outside EU) of a flight (owned by a non-EU company) ticket bought online in European Union?

Example flight via connecting leg starting at Dubai, Doha, Istanbul, etc.

If yes, do they have to comply with the entire EU regulations?

(In above case the flight originates or terminates within EU)

  • Are we to assume a non-EU airline is providing the plane?
    – origimbo
    Sep 26 '18 at 14:52
  • @origimbo corrected!
    – Porcupine
    Sep 26 '18 at 16:24

The European Court of Justice said in Wegener v. Royal Air Maroc, ECLI:EU:C:2018:361 earlier this year that the EU air passenger rights keep applying after a layover outside EU/EEA, when the entire journey was booked together.

This covers journeys that originate in the EU/EEA.

For journeys towards the EU/EEA, the EU air passenger rights only apply if the airline is based in the EU/EEA, which will rarely be the case for flights with a layover outside the area. This is independent of where the ticket was bought.

  • "if the airline is based in the EU/EEA": is that the operating airline? The ticketing airline? Either? Something else? (For example, consider a flight via Turkey to Germany on Turkish, but with a Lufthansa ticket, or on Lufthansa, but with a Turkish ticket.)
    – phoog
    Sep 26 '18 at 17:00
  • @phoog: The operating one, IIRC. I don't know what happens if a delay on a first leg operated by a non-EU airline causes a passenger to miss a second leg operated by an EU one. Sep 26 '18 at 17:26
  • Perhaps logic similar to that in Wegener would apply, but I have no idea whether a court has ruled on the question.
    – phoog
    Sep 26 '18 at 17:49

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