Spanish Court Rules Against Ryanair

IRISH LOW-Cost carrier Ryanair announced it will seek a repeal of a Barcelona Commercial Court ruling deeming the carrier’s €40/£40 boarding card reissue fee unlawful.  The fee is charged if a passenger fails to bring a self-printed boarding card to the airport after checking in online (online check-in is mandatory with the carrier).
“Without these procedures, Ryanair would have to re-employ numerous handling agents at all airports to issue manual boarding cards for passengers who simply ‘forgot’ to bring their pre-printed boarding passes or who failed to comply with their original agreement to check-in online,” said the airline’s Head of Communications Stephen McNamara.
“We believe that the Barcelona Commercial Court … has no basis, as a matter of contract law, for its ruling,” he added.