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Ryanair wins case against LastMinute’s unofficial flight selling

Ryanair Boeing 737-800

Ryanair Boeing 737-800

The appeal court in Paris has ruled in favour of Ryanair and order LastMinute to immediately stop selling Ryanair flights unofficially through its French website.

The landmark ruling could have a major impact on the tactics of so-called screen scraper websites which appear to officially sell flights but then give the airline false contact details which can cause problems when flights are delayed or changed.

LastMinute has been told it will be fined €1000 per day if it keeps on selling Ryanair flights and was also ordered to pay Ryanair €50,000 in compensation and €10,000 towards legal costs.

Ryanair’s Dara Brady welcomed the ruling and said: “We welcome this Paris Court ruling upholding Ryanair’s right to determine its own distribution model which is guaranteed under the constitutional freedom of trade and industry in France.

Ryanair’s direct to customers distribution model provides our customers with the best choice, care, and lowest fares while allowing us to ensure that flight safety, security, and public health protocols are complied with.

“We again urge consumers to book directly on the Ryanair website, the only place to find the lowest Ryanair fares. We will continue our campaign against screenscrapers, many of whose business models depend on mis-selling Ryanair fares at inflated prices (or with hidden mark ups) to unsuspecting consumers.”

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