We still remember the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. The Federal Court of Justice recently dealt with the consequences of the volcanic eruption.
In the present case, it was about a cruise in the Caribbean. The plaintiff had purchased the flights separately for the cruise and could not start the trip from Fort Lauderdale on time due to the official flight ban. The tour operator then charged a cancellation fee of 90 percent of the travel price.
The court ruled that in cases like these there was “force majeure”. The cruise could be carried out. Participation was apparently not possible for the traveler, or it was considerably more difficult. In such cases, travel contracts can be terminated without cancellation fees.