Terms and conditions
Article 1 – WHAT PARTICULAR EXPRESSIONS MEAN IN THESE CONDITIONS
As you read these conditions, please note that:
“We”, “our”, “ourselves” and “us” means Voyage Air Ltd., domiciled in Varna, Bulgaria.
“You”, “your” und “yourself” means any person, except members of the crew, carried or to be carried in an aircraft pursuant to a Ticket (see also definition for “Passenger”).
“AGREED STOPPING PLACES” means those places (except the place of departure and the place of destination) specified on the Ticket or shown in our timetables as scheduled stopping places on your route.
“AGREED STOPPING PLACES” means those places (except the place of departure and the place of destination) specified on the Ticket or shown in our timetables as scheduled stopping places on your route.
“AUTHORISED AGENT” means a sales agent who has been appointed by us to represent us in the sale of our air transportation services.
“BAGGAGE” means your personal property accompanying you in connection with your trip. Unless otherwise specified, it consists of both your Checked and your Unchecked Baggage.
“BAGGAGE CHECK” means the portion(s) of your Ticket relating to the carriage of your Checked Baggage.
“BAGGAGE IDENTIFICATION TAG” means a document issued solely for the identification of Checked Baggage.
“CARRIER” means an air carrier or other carrier other than ourselves, whose designator code appears on your Ticket.
“CHECKED BAGGAGE” means Baggage of which we take custody and for which we have issued a Baggage Check.
“CHECK-IN DEADLINE” means the time limit specified by us by which you must have completed check-in formalities and received your boarding pass.
“CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT” means those conditions contained in or delivered with your Ticket or Itinerary/Receipt, which are identified as such and which incorporate by reference these Conditions of Carriage and other notices.
“CONVENTION” means whichever of the following legal foundations is/are applicable:
o the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air signed at Montreal on 28 May 1999 ( Montreal Convention);
o the regulation for air transportation (LTrV) of 17 August 2005;
o the regulation (EC) No 889/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 May 2002 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2027/97 on air carrier liability in the event of accidents.
“COUPON” means both a paper Flight Coupon and an Electronic Coupon, each of which entitle the passenger named to travel on the particular flight identified on it.
“DAMAGE” includes death, wounding or any other bodily injury to a Passenger, loss, partial loss, theft or other damage arising from or in connection with carriage or other associated services performed by us.
“DAYS” includes all seven days of the week. For the purposes of reporting damage, the day upon which notice of such damage is dispatched shall not be counted. For the purposes of determining the validity of a Ticket, the day upon which the Ticket is issued or the flight commenced shall not be counted.
“DESIGNATOR CODE” means the abbreviation used to identify a particular airline.
“ELECTRONIC COUPON” means an electronic flight coupon or other value document held in our database.
“ELECTRONIC TICKET” means the Itinerary/Receipt issued by us or on our behalf, the Electronic Coupon(s) and, if applicable, a boarding document.
“FLIGHT COUPON” means in the case of an Electronic Ticket, the Electronic Coupon, which indicates the particular places between which you are entitled to be carried.
“ITINERARY/RECEIPT” means a document or documents we issue to Passengers travelling on Electronic Tickets that contain(s) the passenger name, flight information and notices.
“PASSENGER” means any person, except members of the crew, carried or to be carried in an aircraft pursuant to a Ticket (see also definition for “you”, “your” and “yourself”).
“PASSENGER COUPON” or PASSENGER COUPON means that portion of the Ticket issued by us or on our behalf, which is so marked and which ultimately is to be retained by you.
“PASSENGER NAME RECORD” means all travel information related to a passenger as recorded in the database of our computer reservation system as collected during the booking and reservation process.
“XDR” refers to a special drawing right as per the definition of the International Monetary Fund [at the time these conditions took effect, 1 XDR = 1.45 CHF].
“STOPOVER” means a scheduled stop on your journey, at a point between the place of departure and the place of destination.
“TARIFF” means the published fares, charges and fees. It may also include the associated Conditions of Carriage of the airline concerned, approved (where required) by the relevant authorities.
“TICKET” means either the document entitled “Passenger Ticket and Baggage Check” or the Electronic Ticket, in each case issued by us or on our behalf, and including the Conditions of Contract, notices and Coupons.
“UNCHECKED BAGGAGE” means any of your Baggage other than Checked Baggage.
Article 2 – APPLICABILITY
Except as provided in 2.2 our Conditions of Carriage apply only to carriage on those flights or flight segments where our name or Designator Code is indicated in the ticket for that flight or flight segment.
2.2 CHARTER FLIGHTS
For charter flights, the general terms and conditions of the charterer shall apply. These conditions shall apply only to the extent that they are a component of your Transport Contract through notes in the flight ticket, through other references or through the charter contract. For charter flights, the general terms and conditions of the charterer shall apply as a rule; these conditions shall apply as a supplement.
2.3 OVERRIDING LAW
These Conditions of Carriage are applicable unless they are inconsistent with our Tariffs or the applicable law, in which event such Tariffs or laws shall prevail.
Should any provision of these Conditions of Carriage be invalid under the applicable law, the other provisions shall nevertheless remain valid.
2.4 PRECEDENCE OF CONDITIONSS
Unless specifically stated otherwise herein, these Conditions of Carriage shall prevail over any other regulations we have issued for our passenger carrying activities.
Article 3 – TICKETS
3.1.1 We will provide carriage only to the Passenger named in the Ticket, and who is able to identify himself with a passport or identification card.
3.1.2 Tickets are not transferable: only you yourself can use your Ticket for the flight concerned.
3.1.3 Some Tickets are sold at discounted fares which may be partially or completely non-refundable.
3.1.4 The Ticket is and remains the property of the issuing Carrier at all times.
3.1.5 In the case of an Electronic Ticket, you shall not be entitled to be carried on a flight unless you provide positive identification (Passport/Identity Card) and a valid Electronic Ticket has been duly issued in your name.
3.1.6 Should your Ticket (or part thereof) be lost or mutilated, or should it not contain the Passenger Coupon and all unused Flight Coupons, we will, at your written request, replace the Ticket or unused parts thereof by issuing a new Ticket, provided there is clear evidence (Booking and Payment Confirmation), readily ascertainable at the time, that a Ticket valid for the flight(s) in question was duly issued. With your written agreement you commit to reimburse us for any costs up to the value of the original ticket which are incurred by us or another Carrier through misuse of the original Ticket. We may charge a reasonable administration fee for the issuance of a new ticket. We will not claim reimbursement nor an administration fee from you for any such costs which result from our own negligence.
3.1.7 If the evidence required in 3.1.6 is not available or you do not sign such an request, we may, before we issue the new Ticket, require you to pay up to the Ticket price for a refundable replacement Ticket. If, upon finding the original Ticket before the expiry of its validity, you present it to us, you will then get a refund less an appropriate service charge.
3.1.8 A Ticket is a valuable document, and you should take appropriate measures to keep it safe and ensure that it is not lost or stolen.
3.2 PERIOD OF VALIDITY
3.2.1 The validity of the Ticket can be restricted in the Ticket itself, in these Conditions of Carriage or by the Tariff applicable. If no such restrictions are provided, the Ticket will be valid for a year from its date of issue or for a year from the date of first travel as stated on the Ticket.
3.2.2 If you are prevented from starting your travel within the period of the Ticket’s validity because we were unable to confirm your reservation at the time you made it, we will accordingly extend the validity of the Ticket or, alternatively, you may demand a refund in accordance with Article 10.
3.2.3 If, after starting your travel, you are prevented from travelling within the period of the Ticket’s validity owing to illness, we will extend the Ticket’s period of validity until the date when you become fit to travel again or until our first flight after such date from the point where the journey is resumed on which space is available in the class of service for which the fare was originally paid. Such illness or travel incapability must be attested to by a medical certificate. If the flight coupons remaining in the Ticket (or, in the case of an Electronic Ticket, the Electronic Coupon) involve one or more Stopovers, we will extend the validity of the Ticket for up to three months from the date shown on the medical certificate provided. In such circumstances, we will similarly extend the period of validity of any further Tickets held by your accompanying immediate family.
3.2.4 In the event of death of a Passenger en route, we will extend the validity of the Tickets of any persons accompanying the deceased, and will also waive any minimum stay requirements on such Tickets. In the event of a death in the immediate family of a Passenger who has commenced travel, we will similarly modify the validity of the Passenger’s Tickets and that of any of their immediate family who are accompanying them. We will ask you, however, to provide a valid death certificate in such cases. In all such cases, we will extend the validity of such Tickets by a maximum of forty-five (45) Days from the date of the death.
3.2.5 In case you are not able to start your trip due to illness, accidents or other reasons we recommend you to take out a cancellation insurance. Please read the terms and conditions of the insurance companies carefully.
3.3 COUPON SEQUENCE AND USE
3.3.1 Your Ticket is valid only for the transportation shown on the Ticket, and encompasses the therein listed transportation route starting from the first and ending with the last destination of the routing shown in the ticket. The fare you have paid is based upon our Tariff, and forms an integral part of our contractual agreement with you.
3.3.2 Should you wish to change any aspect of your transportation, you must contact us in advance. The fare for your new transportation will be calculated and you will be given the option of accepting the new fare or maintaining your original transportation as ticketed.
3.3.3 Each Flight Coupon contained in your Ticket will be accepted for transportation in the class of service on the date and on the flight for which your seat has been reserved.
3.4 NAME AND ADDRESS OF CARRIER
Our name may be abbreviated to our Designator Code (or otherwise) in the Ticket. Our address can be found in these Conditions of Carriage.
Article 4 – FARES, TAXES, FEES AND CHARGES
Unless otherwise expressly stated, fares apply only for carriage from the airport at the point of origin to the airport at the point of destination. Fares do not include ground transportation between airports or between airports and city terminals. Should you change your itinerary or dates of travel, this may have an impact on the fare to be paid.
4.2 TAXES, CHARGES AND FEES
Any applicable taxes, charges and fees imposed by government or other authorities or by the operator of an airport will be payable by you. You will be advised of any taxes, charges and fees not included in the fare when you purchase your Ticket; most of these will normally be shown separately on the Ticket. The taxes, charges and fees imposed on air travel change constantly, and can be imposed after the Ticket has been issued. If there is a subsequent increase in a tax, charge or fee shown on the Ticket, after issuing and before departure you will be obligated to pay it. Similarly, if a new tax, charge or fee is imposed even after your Ticket has been issued, you will be obliged to pay it. By the same token, should any taxes, charges or fees which you have paid us at the time your Ticket was issued be abolished or reduced, you will can claim a refund if the authorities or entities imposing these taxes, charges or fees grant us a corresponding refund.
No VAT applies to fares or fees relating to international journey. However, prices shown for fares and related fees are subject to VAT on Swiss domestic routes at applicable government rates.
All fares, taxes, charges and fees are payable in the currency of the country in which the ticket is issued, unless another currency is accepted by us or our Authorised Agent at the time or before payment is made (for example, in view of the non-convertibility of the local currency). We may, at our discretion, accept payment in another currency.
Article 5 – RESERVATIONS
5.1 RESERVATION REQUIREMENTS
5.1.1 We or our Authorised Agent will record your reservation(s). We will also provide you with written confirmation of your reservation(s) on request. With the payment transaction the reservation becomes binding for both parties and concluding will be confirmed through the ticket issue.
5.1.2 Certain Tariffs limit or exclude your right to change or cancel reservations.
5.2 PAYMENT DEADLINE
If you have not paid for your Ticket by the check-in deadline publicised and announced, we reserve the right to cancel your reservation.
5.3 PERSONAL DATA
5.3.1 You recognise that personal data have been given to us for the purposes of: making a reservation, purchasing a Ticket and other services you have chosen, developing and providing services, facilitating immigration and entry procedures, and making your travel data which you have provided available to the relevant authorities. For these purposes, you authorise us to retain and use such data and to pass them on to our own offices, Authorised Agents, authorities, other Carriers or the providers of the above-mentioned services.
5.3.2 We are also authorized to give your name and address to third parties if your conduct causes damage or injury to other passengers or if you rendered yourself liable to prosecution in conjunction with the booked flight.
5.3.3 You are aware that the authorities of certain countries require, for security and immigration purposes, access to pass travel data related to travelling to and from such countries, and you authorize us to transfer to such authorities for the mentioned purposes Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, such as your full name, date of birth, complete home address, telephone numbers, information on your travel partners, date of reservation/ticket issuance and of intended travel, payment information, your travel status and travel itinerary, Frequent Flyer information, information concerning your historical changes to the PNR et cetera. You are aware that this data could be transferred to such countries where the data is not equivalent to that provided under Swiss law.
5.3.4 The information will be retained for at least 3 years and six months and may be shared with other authorities on their well-founded request. Further information about these arrangements, including measures to safeguard your personal data can be obtained from the
We will endeavour to honour all advance seating requests. We reserve the right to assign or reassign seats at any time, even after you have boarded the aircraft. Such action may be necessary for operational, safety or security reasons.
5.5 Cancellation of Return bookings
If you do not make use of a booked flight without advising us in advance, we are entitled to cancel all your return bookings.
Article 6 – CHECK-IN AND BOARDING
6.1 Check-in deadlines:
Check-in deadlines vary from airport to airport. Your journey will be smoother if you allow yourself ample time to meet all Check-in deadlines. We reserve the right to cancel your reservations if you do not meet the Check-in deadlines indicated. We or our Authorised Agents will advise you of the Check-in deadline for your first flight with us. But you should also inform yourself of the Check-in deadlines for any subsequent flights in your journey. Check-in deadlines for our flights are shown on our website or may be obtained from us or our Authorised Agent.
You must be present at the boarding gate no later than the time specified by us when you check in.
6.3 Reserved seat:
We may cancel the seat reserved for you if you fail to arrive at the boarding gate in time.
We will not be liable to you for any loss or expense incurred through your failure to comply with the provisions of this Article.
Article 7 – REFUSAL AND LIMITATION OF CARRIAGE
7.1 RIGHT TO REFUSE CARRIAGE
7.1.1 We may, through reasonable exercise of our discretion withdraw from the transportation contract and refuse to carry you or your Baggage on our flights if we have given you written notice in advance that we will not carry you on our flights after a particular date. In such cases you will be entitled to a refund. Important reasons among are flight cancellations, refusal of handling in a certain destination, political obstacles and disturbances or wars.
7.1.2 We may also withdraw from the transportation contract and refuse to carry you or your Baggage on our flights if one or more of the following conditions is met or could in our reasonable judgment be met:
o such action is necessary to comply with any applicable laws, regulations or provisions
o the carriage of you or your Baggage may endanger the safety, security, health or well-being of other passengers or the crew
o your mental or physical state, including the influence of alcohol or drugs, presents a hazard or risk to yourself, to passengers, to the crew or to property
o you have shown misconduct on a previous flight, and we have reason to believe that such conduct may be repeated
o you have refused to submit to a security check
o you have not paid the applicable fare, taxes, charges or fees
o you do not appear to have valid travel documents, may seek to enter a country for which you only hold a transit visa or for which you do not have valid travel documents (this also applies if we must assume that you might destroy your travel documents during the flight or might refuse to surrender your travel documents to the flight crew, against receipt, if requested)
o you present a Ticket that has been acquired unlawfully, has been purchased from an entity other than us or our Authorised Agent, has been reported lost or stolen or is a counterfeit, or you cannot prove that you are the person named in the Ticket
o you fail to observe our safety or security instructions
7.2 SPECIAL ASSISTANCE
Unaccompanied children, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, persons with illnesses or other people requiring special assistance can only be carried if such carriage has been agreed with us in advance. Passengers with disabilities who advised us of any special requirements they have when they made their reservation and have been accepted by us for carriage may not subsequently be refused carriage on the basis of such disability or these special requirements.
7.3.1 Children under five years of age may only travel if accompanied by an adult, i.e. a person aged 18. Children under two years of age may only travel if they are each accompanied by at least one adult.
7.3.2 Children aged between five and eleven may only travel unaccompanied by an adult with our agreement. All children aged under eleven who are travelling unaccompanied by an adult must be registered as ”unaccompanied minors”. Their carriage is subject to special regulations which are available from any of our sales offices. The carriage of unaccompanied minors is subject to a supplementary fee.
The entry and departure of children and young people under 18, in line with the national legal provisions of various countries, is dependent on providing proof of authorisation for all those authorised to look after children. It is of utmost importance to note that adherence to national entry and exit requirements is the responsibility of each passenger. We thus recommend that you give yourself sufficient time before you travel to ensure you have the correct information about said requirements and the necessary documents from the competent national authorities.
Article 8 – BAGGAGE (www.bazl.admin.ch, category services/passenger luggage)
8.1 FREE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
You are entitled to carry a certain amount of Baggage free of charge, subject to our conditions and restrictions. These conditions and restrictions are available from us or our Authorised Agents upon request, and are also shown in your ticket.
8.2 EXCESS BAGGAGE
You will be required to pay an additional fee for the carriage of Baggage in excess of the free Baggage allowance. Our excess baggage rates are available from us upon request.
If you wish to transport over 23 kilos of excess baggage and/or bulky items (such as cycles or wheelchairs), you must notify us of such intention in advance. If you fail to do so, we reserve the right to refuse carriage of such excess baggage and/or bulky items.
8.3 ITEMS UNACCEPTABLE AS BAGGAGE
8.3.1 You may not include in your Baggage:
o items which are likely to endanger the aircraft or persons or property aboard the aircraft, including those items specified in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations and our own regulations (further information is available from us on request
o items whose carriage is prohibited by the applicable laws and regulations of the country of departure or destination
o items which we may reasonably consider to be unsuitable for carriage because they are dangerous or unsafe, because they cannot be transported owing to their weight, size, shape or character, or perishable or because they are too fragile for the type of aircraft being operated. Information about unacceptable items is available from us upon request
8.3.2 Your Checked Baggage may not include any money, medication, keys, jewellery, precious metals, computers, personal electronic devices, negotiable papers, securities or other valuables, business documents, passports, other identification documents or samples.
8.3.3 If, despite the above prohibitions, any items specified in 8.3.1 and 8.3.2 are included in your Baggage, we may not be held responsible for any loss or damage to such items.
8.4 RIGHT TO REFUSE CARRIAGE
8.4.1 Subject to 8.3.2 and 8.3.3 above, we will refuse to carry as Baggage any items described in 8.3, and may refuse the further carriage of any such items if discovered.
8.4.2 We may refuse to accept Baggage for carriage unless it is, in our reasonable opinion, properly and securely packed in suitable containers. Information on packing and containers unacceptable for carriage is available from us upon request.
8.5 RIGHT OF SEARCH
For reasons of safety and security, we may request that you permit a search and scan of your person and a search, scan or X-ray of your Baggage. Your Baggage may also be searched and X-rayed in your absence. These activities are designed to determine whether you are carrying or your Baggage contains any items prohibited under 8.3.1. If you are unwilling to comply with such a request, we may refuse to carry you and your Baggage. Should a search, scan or X-ray cause damage to you or your Baggage, we may not be held liable for such damage unless it is due to our gross negligence.
8.6 CHECKED BAGGAGE
8.6.1 Once you have handed your Baggage you wish to check in to us, it will become our responsibility. We will issue a Baggage Identification Tag for each piece of your Baggage which you check in. Baggage which you intend to take on board as Unchecked Baggage and which we ask you to surrender to us on boarding for placement in the cargo compartment will be regarded as Checked Baggage covered by your Baggage Check.
8.6.2 All Checked Baggage must have your name or other personal identification affixed to it.
8.6.3 Checked Baggage will, whenever possible, be carried on the same aircraft as you, unless this is not possible for safety, security or operational reasons. If your Checked Baggage is carried on a subsequent flight, we will deliver it to you, unless the applicable law requires you to be present for the corresponding Customs clearance.
8.7 UNCHECKED BAGGAGE
8.7.1 We may specify maximum dimensions and/or maximum weights for Baggage which you carry on to the aircraft. If we have not done so, any Baggage which you carry onto the aircraft must fit under the seat in front of you or in an enclosed storage compartment in the aircraft’s cabin. If your Baggage cannot be stored in this manner, or if it is of excessive weight or is otherwise considered dangerous, you will be asked to surrender it to us and it will be carried as Checked Baggage.
8.7.2 Objects which are not suitable for carriage in the cargo compartment (such as delicate musical instruments) and which do not meet the requirements of 8.7.1 above will only be accepted for carriage in the cabin if you have given us advance notice of this and we have agreed to such carriage. You may be asked to pay an additional charge for this service.
8.8 COLLECTION AND DELIVERY OF CHECKED BAGGAGE
8.8.1 Subject to 8.6.3 above, you are required to collect your Checked Baggage as soon as it is made available at your destination. We may charge you a storage fee if your Checked Baggage is not collected within a reasonable time. If you do not collect your Checked Baggage within three (3) months of it being made available, we may dispose of it without any liability towards you.
8.8.2 Checked Baggage will only be delivered to the bearer of the relevant Baggage Check and Baggage Identification Tag(s).
8.8.3 If a person claiming Checked Baggage is unable to produce the Baggage Check and identify the Baggage by means of a Baggage Identification Tag, we will only deliver this Checked Baggage to the person concerned if they can prove their entitlement to collect it to our satisfaction.
Animals can be carried, subject to the following conditions:
8.9.1 You must ensure that animals such as dogs, cats ( Voyage Air LTD exclusively transports dogs and cats) are properly crated and accompanied by valid health and vaccination certificates, entry permits and other documents required by countries of entry or transit. The combined weight of the animal and carrier, box or bag must not be more than 8 kg. Animals not meeting these criteria cannot be carried. Additional provisions for the carriage of animals are available from us on request. 8.9.2 Any animal which we accept as Baggage, together with its container and food, will not be included in your free Baggage allowance, but will be regarded as special service baggage, for which you will have to pay the applicable fee.
8.9.3 Guide dogs accompanying visually impaired Passengers will be carried free of charge in addition to the normal free baggage allowance, subject to special regulations specified by us which are available on request.
8.9.4 In cases where the carriage of an animal is not subject to the liability provisions of the Convention, we may not be held liable for any injury to or the loss, sickness or death of the animal which we have agreed to carry, unless such events are attributable to gross negligence on our part.
8.9.5 We assume no liability for any animal not having all the necessary entry, exit, health and other documents relating to the animal’s entry into or passage through any country. In such cases, the person accompanying the animal will be required to reimburse us for any fines, reasonable costs, losses or compensation payments which we incur as a result of such documentary inadequacies.
Article 9 – SCHEDULES, DELAYS AND CANCELLATION OF FLIGHTS
9.1.1 The flight times shown in timetables may change between the date of their publication and the date you actually travel. We cannot guarantee these times to you, and they do not form part of your contractual agreement with us.
9.1.2 Before we accept your reservation, we will notify you of the scheduled flight time in effect at the time, and will show this on your Ticket. We may, however, need to change our scheduled flight time after your Ticket has been issued. If you provide us with a contact address, we will endeavour to notify you of any such changes. Should we make a significant change to the scheduled flight time after you have purchased your Ticket, the new time is not acceptable to you and we are unable to book you on an alternative flight which is more acceptable to you, you will be entitled to a refund in accordance with 10.2 below.
9.2 CANCELLATIONS, REROUTINGS AND DELAYS
9.2.1 We will take all necessary steps to carry you and your baggage punctually. To avoid flight cancellations we may, in exceptional circumstances, arrange for a flight to be operated on our behalf by an alternative Carrier and/or aircraft.
9.2.2 In case of cancellations and delays we perform services according (EC) Convention No. 261/2004 upon legal requirements.
9.2.3 Unless otherwise specified by the Convention, should any of the events specified in 9.2. above occur, the options outlined in Article 9.2.2 are the sole and exclusive options available to you and we shall have no further liability towards you.
9.2.4 If, owing to overbooking, we are unable to provide a seat for you on a flight for which you hold a confirmed reservation, we will provide denied boarding compensation in accordance with the applicable law and our own denied boarding regulations (see Article 15).
Article 10 – REFUNDS
We will refund Tickets or any unused Flight Coupons in accordance with the applicable Tariff provisions as follows:
10.1.1 Unless otherwise provided in this Article, we shall be entitled to make refund either to the person named on the Ticket or to the person who paid for the Ticket, provided satisfactory proof can be produced of such payment.
10.1.2 If the Ticket has been paid for by a person other than the passenger named on it, and if the Ticket indicates that there is a restriction on refunds, we will make the refund only to the person who paid for the Ticket or in accordance with that person’s instructions.
10.1.3 Except in the case of a lost Ticket, refunds will only be made in exchange for the Ticket and all unused Flight Coupons.
10.2 INVOLUNTARY REFUNDS and Services
10.2.1 If no Flight Coupons have been used, we will refund the fare paid, including all taxes, charges and fees.
10.2.2 If one or more Flight Coupons have been used, we will refund at least the difference between the fare paid and the Tariff for travel between the points for which the Ticket has been used. We will also refund any taxes, charges or fees you have paid for those routes in your Ticket which you have not flown.
10.3 OTHER REFUNDS
If you are entitled to a refund on your Ticket for reasons other than those stated in 10.2, the refund will be made in accordance with the following principles:
10.3.1 If no Flight Coupons have been used, you will receive the fare paid less a reasonable service charge or cancellation fee.
10.3.2 If one or more Flight Coupons have been used, we will refund at least the difference between the fare paid and the fare price for the legs for which the Ticket has been used, less a reasonable service charge or cancellation fee.
10.4 RIGHT TO REFUSE A REFUND
We may refuse to make a refund if you do not apply for such a refund until after the validity of the Ticket concerned has expired.
We reserve the right to make a refund in the same manner and in the same currency as that used to pay for the Ticket.
10.6 VOLUNTARY REFUNDS
Voluntary refunds will be made only by the Carrier which originally issued the Ticket or by his Authorised Agent in accordance with its own rules on voluntary refunds.
Article 11 – CONDUCT ABOARD AIRCRAFT
If, in our opinion, you conduct yourself in such a way that you endanger the aircraft or any person or property on board, obstruct the crew or fail to comply with any instructions of the crew, especially with respect to smoking or alcohol or drug consumption, or if you behave in a manner which causes discomfort, inconvenience, damage or injury to other passengers or the crew, we may take such measures as we deem reasonably necessary to prevent the continuation of such conduct, including restraint. You may be removed from the aircraft and refused onward carriage, and you may be prosecuted for any offences committed on board.
It is forbidden to consume any alcohol which you may have personally brought on board. It is also forbidden to bring any drugs on board or to consume them on board. On all Voyage Air LTD flights smoking is prohibited.
11.2 ELECTRONIC DEVICES
For safety reasons, we may prohibit or restrict the use aboard the aircraft of electronic equipment, especially cellular phones, laptop computers, portable recorders, portable radios, CD players, electronic games or transmitting devices, radio-controlled toys and walkie-talkies and similar. The use of hearing aids and heart pacemakers is permitted.
Article 12 – ARRANGEMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL SERVICES
If we make arrangements for you with a third party to provide any services other than carriage by air, or if we issue a ticket or voucher relating to transportation or services (other than carriage by air) provided by a third party such as hotel reservations or car rentals, we will be acting solely as an agent for this third party in doing so, and their own terms and conditions will apply.
If we are also providing surface transportation to you, other regulations may apply to such surface transportation. Such regulations are available from us upon request.
Article 13 – ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES
13.1.1 You are responsible for obtaining all the requisite travel documents and visas and for complying with all laws, regulations and directives of the countries you fly from, to or through during your travel. You are also responsible for finding out which immigration documents are required for your travel.
13.1.2 We shall not be liable for any failure on your part to obtain the requisite immigration documents or visas, or for any non-compliance on your part with the laws, regulations and directives of the countries concerned.
13.2 TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
Prior to travel, you must present all entry, exit, health and other documents required by law, regulation or directive of the countries concerned. We are entitled to make and retain copies of these documents or to scan your documents electronically. We reserve the right to refuse you carriage if you do not comply with these requirements, or if your travel documents do not seem to be in order.
13.3 REFUSAL OF ENTRY
If you are denied entry into a country, you will be responsible for paying any fine or charge levied against us by the authorities concerned, and for the cost of transporting you from that country. The fare collected for your carriage to the point at which you were denied entry will not be refunded.
13.4 PASSENGERS’ LIABILITY FOR FINES, DETENTION COSTS ETC
If we are required to pay any fine or penalty or incur any expenditure through your failure to comply with laws, regulations or directives in any country, or if you are unable to produce the documents required, you will be required to reimburse us, on demand, for any amount so paid or expenditure so incurred. We are entitled to put the value of any unused Coupons in your Ticket or any other amounts owed to you towards such payment or expenditure.
13.5 CUSTOMS INSPECTION
You must attend any inspection of your Baggage by the Customs or other authorities upon demand. We are not liable to you for any loss or damage suffered by you in the course of such inspection or through your failure to comply with this requirement.
13.6 SECURITY INSPECTION
You must submit to any security checks ordered by authorities, airport officials, Carriers or ourselves.
Article 14 – LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE
14.1 GENERAL PROVISIONS
14.1.1 Our own liability and the liability of each Carrier involved in your journey will be determined by the Convention, applicable laws and by our Conditions of Carriage or by the Conditions of Carriage of the Carrier concerned.
14.1.2 Unless otherwise stated herein, the liability rules of the Convention shall apply.
14.1.3 If your carriage is not subject to the liability rules of the Convention, the provisions of Swiss law shall apply; the following provisions shall also apply.
14.1.4 Any liability we have for Damage will be reduced or will be excluded in accordance with applicable law by any negligence on your part which causes or contributes to the Damage or if it is caused or contributed to by third parties.
14.1.5 We will not be liable for Damage arising from the compliance with legal or official provisions, or for Damage arising from your non-compliance with the same.
14.1.6 Unless specified otherwise in these Conditions, we shall be liable to you only for recoverable compensatory Damages for proven losses, in accordance with the Convention.
14.1.7 We are not liable for any illness, injury, disability or death attributable to your existing physical condition or any deterioration in the same.
14.1.8 The contract of carriage, including these Conditions of Carriage and restrictions on liability, also applies to our Authorised Agents, our employees and our other assistants and representatives. The total amount recoverable from us and from such Authorised Agents, employees, assistants and representatives shall not exceed the amount of any liability of our own.
14.1.9 Nothing in these Conditions of Carriage shall waive any exclusion or limitation of our liability under the Convention or under applicable laws unless otherwise expressly stated in these Conditions.
14.2 DAMAGE TO BAGGAGE AND DELAY OF BAGGAGE
14.2.1 We are liable for Damage to Checked Baggage and for delay of baggage in accordance with the Convention. If the carriage is subject to the Montreal Convention, we are liable regardless of our fault. We are not liable for checked baggage if and to the extent that the damage resulted from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the baggage. In the case of unchecked baggage, including personnel items, we are liable if the damage resulted from our fault. In case of delay of baggage, wee are not liable if we have taken all measures that could reasonably be required to avoid the damage or that it was impossible for us to take such measures. We are only liable for Damage to Unchecked Baggage if this Damage has been caused by our negligence.
14.2.2 In the case of Damage to Checked or Unchecked Baggage or of its delay, our liability will be limited to 1,131 SDRs per passenger.
14.2.3 The limits specified in 14.2.2 do not apply if we caused the Damage with intent or recklessly and with knowledge that such Damage would probably result.
14.2.4 In cases in which the weight of a baggage item was not recorded when it was checked in, we will assume that the total weight of the Checked Baggage did not exceed the free baggage allowance for the class of travel concerned. If you declared the item in writing to be more valuable than this when checking it in (and paid the appropriate additional fee), we will be liable for any Damage to this item up to the higher amount declared.
14.2.5 You are liable for damages caused by your Baggage, if they are due to your negligence. This holds true for any Damage caused by your Baggage to other persons, to the property of third parties or to our own property.
14.2.6 We are not liable for any Damage to items which cannot be surrendered as Checked Baggage in accordance with 8.3 above, including fragile or perishable goods or particularly valuable items such as money, keys, medication, jewellery, precious metals, computers, electronic devices, securities or other valuables, business documents, passports, other identification papers or samples.
Our liability for any Damage to items which cannot be surrendered as Checked Baggage in accordance with 8.3 above, is limited in international transportation on routes to and from the U.S. to that allowed under the applicable convention.
14.3 PERSONAL DAMAGE OR INJURY
Should we be liable for your death, injury or other bodily injury the regulations of the (EC) regulation 2027/97 in the amended version of (EC) regulation 889/2007 apply (If became effective in Switzerland) as well as the following regulations.
14.3.1 We shall not invoke any limitation of liability with regard to any claim for recoverable compensatory damages arising under Article 17 of the Convention.
14.3.2 For any claims up to 113‘100 SDR’s we shall not avail ourselves of the defense that we or another carrier were not at fault causing the damage.
14.3.3 Unless otherwise provided in 14.3.1 and 14.3.2 above, we reserve all defences to such claims available under the Convention and the applicable national law. With respect to third parties, we also reserve all rights of recourse against any other person, including without limitation, rights of contribution and indemnity.
14.3.4 We will compensate you or your next-of-kin for the Damage actually suffered, provided such Damage is not covered by insurance policies or similar institutions which can themselves make a claim of recovery against us. We will also compensate you for moral damages in accordance with the applicable law.
14.3.5 Should you suffer an accident aboard one of our aircraft and be killed, be wounded or suffer other bodily injury, or should such an event occur aboard a flight for which we are shown as the Carrier in the document of carriage, we will make, within 15 days of determining who is entitled to compensatory damages, make an advance payment to meet immediate financial needs.
The amount of advance to be paid will be determined by the degree of damage or injury suffered. In the event of death, it will amount to 16,000 SDRs per passenger.
14.3.6 The payment of such an advance shall not constitute any acceptance of liability on our part. We may also deduct such payments from any subsequent amounts which we are required to pay as a result of any liability on our part. This advance payment will have to be repaid if it is subsequently proven that you caused or contributed to your own death or injury through your own behaviour, especially through negligence on your part, or if your death was caused or contributed to by an existing sickness or impairment. The same shall apply if the person receiving the advance payment caused or contributed to the death or injury through negligence, or has no entitlement to compensatory damages.
14.4 LIABILITY IN THE CASE OF DELAY
If we are liable for your delay, our liability will be limited to 4’694 SDRs per passenger in accordance with the Convention. We are not liable if we took all measures that could reasonably be required to avoid the damage or that it was impossible for us to take such measures. Please note that Art. 9 and Art. 16 of these Conditions may also apply in cases of delay.
14.5 LIABILITY IN THE CASE OF CODESHARE FLIGHTS
In the case of flights operated by us as codeshare services in association with another Carrier, we will be liable to those passengers who concluded a contract of carriage with us and on whose Tickets we are shown as the Carrier by our Designator Code. We shall only be liable for damages towards passengers of our codeshare partner if we are the operator of the flight on which the damage occurs (see also Art. 15.1.6).
Article 15 – COMPENSATION FOR OVERBOOKING
15.1 OVERBOOKING FOR FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM SWITZERLAND,
AN AIRPORT WITHIN THE EU OR THIRD COUNTRIES
For flights departing from an airport in Switzerland, in the EU or a third county, you as a passenger have in case of over booking the rights as established in (EC) Regulation No. 261/2004.
15.1.1 Should more passengers hold confirmed reservations for a particular flight than the capacity available you will receive compensation provided that:
o you hold a properly-issued Ticket and we or our Authorised Agent confirmed the reservation with due regard to all applicable regulations, and
o you reported to check-in within the specified time.
15.1.2 When assigning the seats available on an overbooked flight, we will give priority to unaccompanied minors and to sick or disabled passengers. We will assign seats to the remaining passengers in the order in which they checked in for the flight. We may also establish other non-discriminatory criteria when assigning such seats.
15.1.3 We may seek passengers willing to voluntarily forgo carriage on a flight for which they hold a confirmed reservation. The compensation will be agreed between the Airline and the passenger.
15.1.4 If you are denied boarding on departures from Switzerland or an airport within the EU, you may choose between:
o reimbursement of the fare paid for the unused Flight Coupon or
o complete refund of the fare paid if the flight became useless with regard to the original itinerary, if necessary in conjunction with a free return to the place of departure or
o otherwise transportation to destination
15.1.5 In addition to the above, if you are denied boarding, you will be entitled to compensation according to article 7 and 9 (EC) Regulation No.261/2004.
The level of compensation amounts:
o 250 € for flights of 1 500 km or less
o 400 € for flights over 1 500 kn within the EU and other flights between 1 500 and 3 500 km,
o 600 € for flights over 3 500 km and more
The compensation may only amount the half, if depending on the distance your journey is not more delayed then 2,3 or 4 hours.
Article 16 – TIME LIMITATION ON CLAIMS AND ACTIONS
16.1 NOTICE OF CLAIMS
16.1.1 The acceptance of Baggage by you as the bearer of the Baggage Check without complaint at the time of delivery will be considered sufficient evidence that we have delivered the Baggage in good condition and in accordance with the contract of carriage, unless you prove otherwise.
16.1.2 If you wish to file a claim or an action regarding Damage to Checked Baggage, you must notify us as soon as you discover the Damage and, within seven (7) Days at the latest of receipt of the Baggage. If you wish to file a claim or an action regarding a delay to the delivery of Checked Baggage, you must notify us within twenty-one (21) Days of the date the Baggage is placed at your disposal. All such notifications must be made in writing.
16.2 LIMITATION OF ACTIONS
Any right to Damages shall be extinguished if an action is not brought within two years at the court having jurisdiction of the date of arrival at the destination, the date on which the aircraft was scheduled to arrive or the date on which carriage stopped. The method of calculating the period of limitation shall be determined by the law of the court seized of the case.
Article 17 – APPLICABLE LAW
The contract of carriage and its associated legal provisions are subject to Swiss law, unless the application of another national law is mandatory.
Article 18 – PLACE OF JURISDICTION
The duly Place of Jurisdiction is at the base of Voyage Air LTD Bulgaria.
Article 19 – OTHER REGULATIONS
The title of each Article of these Conditions of Carriage is for convenience only, and may not be used for the interpretation of the text.
The German version of these General Conditions of Carriage prevails over its translated versions.