Order of the Court (Fourth Chamber) of 10 March 2020 — SATA International

(Case C766/19)(1)

(Reference for a preliminary ruling — Article 53(2) of the Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice — Manifest inadmissibility — Air transport — Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 — Article 5(3) — Compensation of passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights — Scope — Exemption from the obligation to pay compensation — Concept of ‘extraordinary circumstances’ — Generalised interruption of an airport’s refuelling system)

Questions referred for a preliminary ruling — Admissibility — Questions referred lacking sufficient information regarding the factual and legislative context and the reasons justifying the need for an answer to the questions referred for a preliminary ruling — Questions submitted in a context which precludes a useful answer — Manifest inadmissibility

(Art. 267 TFEU; Statue of the Court of Justice, Art. 23; Rules of Procedure of the Court of Justice, Arts 53(2) and 94)

(see paras 14-23, operative part)

Operative part

The request for a preliminary ruling made by the Tribunal Judicial da Comarca dos Açores (Azores District Court, Portugal), by decision of 8 July 2019, is manifestly inadmissible.


1 OJ C 19, 20.1.2020.