Ryanair Beats Skyscanner In German Court

***UPDATE: 01/16/20 @ 17:04 UTC – added statement from Skyscanner***

Skyscanner has lost a court case against Ryanair. As a result, the Irish low-cost carrier has been granted an injunction against the flight comparison website. The ruling was delivered by a court in Hamburg.

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Ryanair has been awarded an interim injunction against skyscanner. Photo: Tom Boon – Simple Flying

Flight comparison websites can be like Marmite. You either love them, or you hate them. I personally love using one specific site for all of my flight booking needs. However, it seems as though Ryanair has taken a disliking to comparison site Skyscanner, specifically the German iteration of the website. The website was found to be unlawfully marking up Ryanair’s fares.

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What is Skyscanner?

Much like Kayak and Google Flights, Skyscanner is a website which allows passengers to compare the cost of different flights with relative ease. For example, let’s look at if a passenger wanted to fly from London to Frankfurt.

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They could log onto each airlines website such as Lufthansa, British Airways, Ryanair, and SAS. This would allow them to see the price offered by the airline directly. However, it is relatively labour intensive.

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Ryanair, headed by Michael O’Leary, has won its case. Photo: Getty Images

On the other hand, a website like Skyscanner cuts the effort involved by doing the work and displaying the costs side by side. They’d simply type in London to Frankfurt and the relevant dates, and the website does the rest of the work.

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For example, looking for one way flights between the two destinations tomorrow, the website says that the cheapest option is a connecting flight with Air Europa at £51, and Ryanair’s cheapest direct flight is £89. Meanwhile, British Airways starts at £114, and Lufthansa at £144.

So what has the court ruled?

The court in Hamburg has ruled that Ryanair should be granted an interim injunction against the website Skyscanner. The court reached this decision for four reasons.

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Ryanair may not receive its first 737 MAX until October. Photo: Getty Images

It was determined that Skyscanner was displaying Ryanair flights for more money than the airline was offering them for. This was ruled to be unlawful. The website was ruled to have been displaying flight costs without showing its fees, indicating that checked baggage costs more than it should have. Finally, the website has been banned for providing Ryanair with false email addresses.

Speaking of the ruling, Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs, who thinks the airline could receive 10 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in time for summer, said,

“We welcome the Hamburg Court injunctions which will help protect our customers from misleading hidden mark-ups on Skyscanner.de, ensuring our customers get the lowest fares, which can only be found on Ryanair.com.

“We have been engaged in various legal cases across Europe to prevent our customers from being subjected to excessive unnecessary additional charges from unauthorized screenscraper websites and to ensure Ryanair has appropriate contact details to ensure customers get correct information regarding their flight.”

Skyscanner also pitched in, telling Simple Flying,

Skyscanner does not comment on any ongoing disputes. However, we do not charge travellers any fees or markups and we will continue to work in their best interests, as we strive to provide them with the greatest possible choice.

Have you booked Ryanair flights though Skyscanner? What are your thoughts on the ruling? Let us know in the comments!

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Gary

Then ryanair should stop ripping passengers off as well in things.
If you are caught in a traffic jam and get there a bit late.
Ryanair says stiff it isn’t our fault you were late.
Plus they do not rebook you on another flight and just keep your money.
Don’t know why people travel with them.

chaim

i had the oposite where the price skyscanner posted was way less than real price with ryanair

Callum

Gary. The vast majority of airlines will do that… It’s YOUR fault you got stuck in traffic, not theirs.

Nasim Abas

I think skyscanner is the best website availabl to people it is free to use without obligation and it is the most accuracy and at the end it offer different websites where you can book your intended flight, and it refers you to the site you want. Great website and great service

Rob

Why not remove Ryanair from Skyscanner completely? That’d save passengers from their rip offs and disgrace of a service.

Jill

Used sky scanner last night and it didn’t even show the airline company I booked with!! My flights ended up being 300 euro cheaper than any they showed

Dave

That’ll be because your flight was full and no longer being shown as available.

Joe

how does Skyscanner make money if it doesn’t charge fees?

Dave

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