24 JANUARY 2011
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Barcelona’s relationship with Ryanair could be short lived after the Dublin-based carrier lost a case in the local commercial courts which ruled that the airline’s €40/£40 boarding card reissue fee is unlawful.
The carrier is appealing on the grounds that all passengers agree at the time of booking that they will check-in on-line, and print off their own boarding cards at least four hours prior to the scheduled departure of their flight.
The airline says that should this ruling not be reversed on appeal, then it will dispense with the boarding card reissue fee altogether, and passengers who arrive at the airport without the agreed pre-printed boarding card will not be able to pass through security or board their aircraft.
The court's argument is clearly that Ryanair has entered into a contract to carry the passengers and that if the said passenger is on the airline’s manifest that is confirmation that the contract is in place. There is actually no need for a boarding card with identification via a passport. Clearly one side has to back down. www.ryanair.com
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