6.11.2017   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 374/8


Judgment of the Court (Eighth Chamber) of 7 September 2017 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Amtsgericht Hamburg — Germany) — Birgit Bossen, Anja Bossen, Gudula Gräßmann v Brussels Airlines SA/NV

(Case C-559/16) (1)

((Reference for a preliminary ruling - Transport - Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 - Article 7(1) - Common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights - Flight consisting of several legs - Concept of ‘distance’ to be taken into account))

(2017/C 374/11)

Language of the case: German

Referring court

Amtsgericht Hamburg

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicants: Birgit Bossen, Anja Bossen, Gudula Gräßmann

Defendant: Brussels Airlines SA/NV

Operative part of the judgment

Article 7(1) of Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 February 2004 establishing common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights, and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 295/91, must be interpreted as meaning that the concept of ‘distance’ relates, in the case of air routes with connecting flights, only to the distance calculated between the first point of departure and the final destination on the basis of the ‘great circle’ method, regardless of the distance actually flown.


(1)  OJ C 53, 20.2.2017.