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Request for a preliminary ruling from the Amtsgericht Hamburg (Germany) lodged on 30 June 2020 — EL and CP v Ryanair Designated Activity Company

(Case C-287/20)

Language of the case: German

Referring court

Amtsgericht Hamburg

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicants: EL, CP

Defendant: Ryanair Designated Activity Company

Questions referred

Does the trade-union-organised strike by the staff of an operating air carrier constitute an ‘extraordinary circumstance’ within the meaning of Article 5(3) of Regulation (EC) No 261/2004? 1

Is it relevant in this regard whether negotiations were held with the employees’ representative(s) in advance of the strike?


1     Regulation 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 (OJ 2004 L 46, p. 1).