The state government in Hanover decided on Tuesday a Federal Council initiative to abolish this principle, as announced by the Lower Saxony State Chancellery. "In the future, the fare will only be due when you board the flight."
With the Federal Council initiative "we want to significantly improve consumer protection for travellers," said Lower Saxony's Economics Minister Bernd Althusmann (CDU) on Tuesday. Among other things, the previous regulation means that travelers “usually go away empty-handed” if the airline goes bankrupt, he criticized.
In the Bundesrat initiative, the federal government is said to be asked to take care of changing national law. In addition, it should "work towards a comparable regulation at European level".