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.
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.”