Germany's Lufthansa airline will punish a passenger who allegedly exploited their fares by duplicating the last leg of a booked flight. The case can put an end to a loophole exploited by cheap flight applicants.
One of Europe's largest airlines and the largest in Germany wants to regain lost profits by taking a customer to the Berlin-Mitte court and claiming that the individual did not intend to make the last leg of the trip, according to the Airliners.de website.
The client has reportedly bought a cheaper multiple-stop ticket instead of a direct one, and simply did not show up for the last leg of the flight.
The defendant, whose name has not been disclosed, was due to fly to Oslo from Seattle via Frankfurt back in April 2016. However, the passenger failed to catch a connecting flight and later returned from Frankfurt to Berlin on a separate ticket.
Lufthansa says the customer has paid € 657 for his ticket while having to pay € 2,769, and requires € 2,112 plus interest, according to the legal applications cited by the media.
The local court originally ruled in favor of the customer in December 2018. However, it gave Lufthansa the opportunity to appeal, as it allegedly said the reason why the company is trying to sue the passenger is valid. At the same time, the court stated that while Lufthansa pricing was lacking in transparency, passengers were aware that the ticket he chose was cheaper.
RT has reached the company about the case, but has not yet received a reply.
The practice when a person books tickets from one destination to another via a third place, but only intends to travel part of the route, is also known as ship laying. Travelers use the option of a two-leg ticket, as it is often cheaper than one leg.
For example, if you take a direct flight from Los Angeles to Munich on March 1, you will spend nearly $ 1,100. But if you book a flight from the same place to the same date but to Moscow via Munich, it will cost you about $ 300 less.
Although there is much debate as to whether practices are legal and companies warn passengers, they may also be charged for doing so. It is almost unheard of for airlines to go through with the threat.
Last year, Spain's Supreme Court decided that flying is legal, meaning Spanish flagship. Iberia cannot charge customers for missed flights on multiple stop routes and allow passengers to use any or all parts of a ticket.
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