Germanwings GmbH v Henning

European Union – Transport. The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that arts 2, 5 and 7 of Regulation (EC) 261/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council (establishing common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding and of cancellation or long delay of flights, and repealing Regulation (EEC) 295/91) had to be interpreted as meaning that the concept of 'arrival time', which was used to determine the length of the delay to which passengers on a flight had been subject, referred to the time at which at least one of the doors of the aircraft was opened, the assumption being that, at that moment, the passengers were permitted to leave the aircraft.