Strikes do not necessarily lead to extraordinary circumstances

18th March 2019 by Sophia Iwantscheff

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In a recently published decision (X ZR 111/17), the Federal Court of Justice declared that a strike is considered an extraordinary circumstance pursuant to Article 5(3) of the EU Flight Delay Compensation Regulation (261/2004) only if its consequences cannot be averted by reasonable measures and make flight cancellation legally and actually necessary.

This article was co-written by Susan Weltz, who is an Associate with Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein. She can be contacted at


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Sophia was admitted to the German Bar in 2016. She joined Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein in 2016.

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