FRANKFURT, April 30 Germany's top court on
Wednesday reversed an appeal court ruling that had found in
favour of Ryanair in its battle to stop a travel website
from "screen-scraping" information from the airline's official
site to sell Ryanair tickets.
After a local court initially rejected Ryanair's claim that
Cheaptickets was misusing its booking system and harming its
direct selling of tickets, a higher Hamburg court ruled that the
airline had a case for unfair competition and injunctive relief,
a form of damages whereby the defendant is told to cease a
The Federal Court of Justice, however, said on Wednesday
that the travel portal's business model promoted price
transparency and helped customers to find the cheapest flights.
The federal court said that the Hamburg court would now have
to review the case again and investigate whether Ryanair had
legitimate claims on the grounds of misleading customers.
Ryanair said it would not comment on pending legal matters.
Cheaptickets.de is part of Travix, which bills itself as the
largest online travel company in the Netherlands.
(Reporting by Norbert Demuth, Victoria Bryan and Peter
Maushagen; Editing by David Goodman)