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Availability

There are no general rules on ‘availability’ of fares, other than the more general ‘transparency’ provisions set out in the various consumer protection provisions.

That said, under Regulation 1008/2007, all air fares and air rates for serviced operations from an airport located within the EU must be offered to the general public without discrimination based on nationality or place of residence (article 23 Regulation 1008/2007).

What this means in practice is that suppliers (air travel services departing from the EU) cannot limit the offer of air travel services to any particular market on an exclusive basis. As the EU internal market expands and the EU’s commitment to a multi-modal transport ecosystem develops, the principle of non-discrimination of fares will become more relevant and is an issue that will need to be addressed at EU level.