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Supreme Court bans Ryanair credit card surcharge

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Ryanair-Passagiere beim Boarding. Quelle: dpa

Ryanair passengers boarding. Source: AP

HB KARLSRUHE. Ryanair customers must be able to pay their tickets in Germany on a common way without additional fees. The Irish low-cost line could not, be required to accept Cash, was the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH) in Karlsruhe on Thursday (case no Xa ZR 68/09).

But in Germany to allow the less common "Visa Electron" card as a single payment at no extra charge for tickets, fees or charges for excess luggage and sports equipment is inadmissible, the decision of the Commissioner for Civil Division of Travel Law.

He gave it the Federation of Consumer Organizations in large parts of law. The ruling applies only to customers with primary residence in Germany, departing or landing in Germany.

Ryanair calls for each flight four euros extra when paying with credit cards and 1.50 € for other payment cards. This Clause in the General Conditions of Carriage, the court holds for partially ineffective. The airline generated much of his profits not on air fares, but with additional fees.

Meanwhile, Ryanair is committed to investing a further € 20 million at the airport in the Hunsrück Hahn. The Airline boss Michael O’Leary announced and the Rhineland-Palatinate Minister Hendrik Hering (SPD) on Thursday in Mainz. The plans include that Ryanair is waiting on the trigger in the future a majority of their 240 machines and the flight and cabin crew there centrally formed.

The investments are to run the airline including two flight simulators for training purposes and an imaginary airplane fuselage. According to the partners incur in connection with the projects 200 new jobs.