General conditions of carriage for passengers and baggage
These General Conditions of Carriage are the only general conditions that are binding upon Finnair Oyj. Other carriers have issued general conditions of carriage, which may differ from these General Conditions of Carriage, and are applicable to carriage by air by such carrier.
ARTICLE 4—FARES, TAXES, FEES AND CHARGES
ARTICLE 6—CHECK-IN AND BOARDING
ARTICLE 7—REFUSAL AND LIMITATION OF CARRIAGE
ARTICLE 9—SCHEDULES AND IRREGULARITIES
ARTICLE 11—CONDUCT ABOARD AIRCRAFT
ARTICLE 12—ARRANGEMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL SERVICES
ARTICLE 13—ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES
ARTICLE 14—SUCCESSIVE CARRIERS
ARTICLE 15—LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE
ARTICLE 16—TIME LIMITATION ON CLAIMS AND ACTIONS
ARTICLE 17—OTHER CONDITIONS
ARTICLE 19—MODIFICATION AND WAIVER
As you read these conditions, please note that:
“We”, “our” “ourselves” and “us” means Finnair Plc.
“You”, “your” and “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, Stopover(s) and the place of destination, set out in the Ticket or shown in our timetables as scheduled technical stopping places or scheduled stopping places due to a change of flight and/or aircraft on your route.
“Airline Designator Code” means the two or three characters or letters which identify particular air carriers.
“Authorised Agent” means a passenger sales agent who has been appointed by us to represent us in the sale of air transportation on our services.
“Baggage” means your personal property accompanying you in connection with your trip. Unless otherwise specified, it consists of both your Checked and Unchecked Baggage.
“Baggage Check” means those portions of the Ticket which relate to the carriage of your Checked Baggage.
“Baggage Identification Tag” means a document issued solely for identification of Checked Baggage.
“Carrier” means an air carrier other than ourselves, whose airline designator code appears on your Ticket or on a Conjunction 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 the airline by which you must have completed check-in formalities and received your boarding pass.
“Conditions of Contract” means those statements contained in or delivered with your Ticket or Itinerary/Receipt, identified as such and which incorporate by reference, these Conditions of Carriage and notices.
“Conjunction Ticket” means a Ticket issued to you with relation to another Ticket which together constitute a single contract of carriage, as the case may be.
“Convention” means whichever of the following instruments are applicable:
(i) The Montreal Convention (1999)
(ii) the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air, signed at Warsaw, October 12, 1929 (hereinafter referred to as the Warsaw Convention);
(iii) The Warsaw Convention as amended at The Hague on September 28, 1955;
(iv) The Warsaw Convention as amended by Additional Protocol No. 1 of Montreal 1975;
(v) The Warsaw Convention as amended at The Hague and by Additional Protocol No. 2 of Montreal (1975);
(vi) The Warsaw Convention as amended at The Hague and by Additional Protocol No. 4 of Montreal (1975);
(vii) The Guadalajara supplementary Convention (1961) (Guadalajara).
“Coupon” means both a paper Flight Coupon and an Electronic Coupon, each of which entitle the named passenger to travel on the particular flight identified on it.
“Damage” includes death, wounding, or bodily injury to a Passenger, loss, partial loss, theft or other damage, arising out of or in connection with carriage or other services incidental thereto performed by us.
“Days” mean calendar days, including all seven days of the week; provided that, for the purpose of notification, the day upon which notice is dispatched shall not be counted; and provided further that for purposes of determining duration of validity of a Ticket, the day upon which the Ticket is issued, or the flight commenced shall not be counted.
“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 Coupons and, if applicable, a boarding document.
“Flight Coupon” means that portion of the Ticket that bears the notation “good for passage,” or in the case of an Electronic Ticket, the Electronic Coupon, and indicates the particular places between which you are entitled to be carried.
“Force Majeure” means unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond your control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised.
“Itinerary/Receipt” means a document or documents we issue to Passengers travelling on Electronic Tickets that contains the Passenger’s 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 Receipt” 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.
“SDR” means a Special Drawing Right as defined by the International Monetary Fund.
“Stopover” means a scheduled stop (where you will stay a minimum period of time as further determined in IATA standards in force from time to time) on your journey, at a point between the place of departure and the place of destination, other than an Agreed Stopping Place.
“Tariff” means the published fares, charges and/or related Conditions of Carriage of an airline filed, where required, with the appropriate 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 includes the Conditions of Contract, notices and Coupons.
“Unchecked Baggage” means any of your Baggage other than Checked Baggage.
Except as provided in paragraphs 2.2, 2.4 and 2.5, our Conditions of Carriage apply only on those flights, or flight segments, where our name or Airline Designator Code is indicated in the carrier box of the Ticket for that flight or flight segment.
2.2 CHARTER OPERATIONS
If carriage is performed pursuant to a charter agreement, these Conditions of Carriage apply only to the extent they are incorporated by reference or otherwise, in the charter agreement or the Ticket.
On some services we have arrangements with other carriers known as “Code- shares”. This means that even if you have a reservation with us and hold a ticket where our name or airline designator code is indicated as the carrier, another carrier may operate the aircraft. If such arrangements apply we will advise you of the carrier operating the aircraft at the time you make a reservation.
In case a Code-share flight is subject to the US passenger protection rules, the Tarmac Delay Contingency Plan of the operating carrier shall apply to such Code-share flight.
2.4 OVERRIDING LAW
These Conditions of Carriage are applicable unless they are inconsistent with our Tariffs or applicable law in which event such Tariffs or laws shall prevail.
If any provision of these Conditions of Carriage is invalid under any applicable law, the other provisions shall nevertheless remain valid.
2.5 CONDITIONS PREVAIL OVER REGULATIONS
Except as provided in these Conditions of Carriage, in the event of inconsistency between these Conditions of Carriage and any other regulations we may have, dealing with particular subjects, these Conditions of Carriage shall prevail.
3.1 GENERAL PROVISIONS
3.1.1 We will provide carriage only to the Passenger named in the Ticket, and you may be required to produce appropriate identification.
3.1.2 A Ticket is not transferable.
3.1.3 Some Tickets are sold at discounted fares which may be partially or completely non-refundable. You should choose the fare best suited to your needs. You may also wish to ensure that you have appropriate insurance to cover instances where you have to cancel your Ticket.
3.1.4 If you have a Ticket, as described in paragraph 3.1.3 above, which is completely unused, and you are prevented from travelling due to Force Majeure, provided that you promptly advise us and furnish evidence of such Force Majeure, we will refund you the portion of the fare that is otherwise non-refundable and is not covered by your travel insurance, subject to deduction of a reasonable administration fee and provided further that no refund is made if the amount to be refunded is less than 100 euros.
If the reservation was made seven days or more prior to the flight's scheduled departure time, you can cancel it within 24 hours from the time of booking without a refund fee. Please contact our Customer Service.
3.1.5 The Ticket is and remains at all times the property of the issuing carrier.
3.1.6 Except in the case of an Electronic Ticket, you shall not be entitled to be carried on a flight unless you present a valid Ticket containing the Flight Coupon for that flight and all other unused Flight Coupons and the Passenger Coupon. In addition, you shall not be entitled to be carried if the Ticket presented is mutilated or if it has been altered otherwise than by us or our Authorised Agent. In the case of an Electronic Ticket, you shall not be entitled to be carried on a flight unless you provide positive identification and a valid Electronic Ticket has been duly issued in your name.
3.1.7(a) In case of loss or mutilation of a Ticket (or part of it) by you or non-presentation of a Ticket containing the Passenger Coupon and all unused Flight Coupons, we will upon your request replace such Ticket (or part of it) by issuing a new Ticket, provided there is evidence, readily ascertainable at the time, that a Ticket valid for the flight(s) in question was duly issued and you sign an agreement to reimburse us for any costs and losses, up to the value of the original Ticket, which are necessarily and reasonably incurred by us or another Carrier for misuse of the Ticket. We will not claim reimbursement from you for any such losses which result from our own negligence. The issuing carrier may charge a reasonable administration fee for this service, unless the loss or mutilation was due to the negligence of the issuing carrier, or its agent.
3.1.7(b) Where such evidence is not available or you do not sign such an agreement, the carrier issuing the new Ticket may require you to pay up to the full Ticket price for a replacement Ticket, subject to refund if and when the original issuing carrier is satisfied that the lost or mutilated Ticket has not been used before the expiry of its validity. If, upon finding the original Ticket before the expiry of its validity, you surrender it to the carrier issuing the new Ticket, the foregoing refund will be processed at that time.
3.1.8 A ticket is valuable and you should take appropriate measures to safeguard it and ensure it is not lost or stolen.
3.2 PERIOD OF VALIDITY
3.2.1 Except as otherwise provided in the Ticket, these Conditions of Carriage, or in applicable Tariffs, (which may limit the validity of a ticket, in which case the limitation will be shown on the Ticket), a Ticket is valid for:
220.127.116.11 (a) one year from the date of issue; or
18.104.22.168 (b) subject to the first travel occurring within one year from the date of issue, one year from the date of first travel under the Ticket.
3.2.2 When you are prevented from travelling within the period of validity of the Ticket because at the time you request reservations we are unable to confirm a reservation, the validity of such Ticket will be extended, or you may be entitled to a refund in accordance with Article 10.
3.2.3 If after having commenced your journey, you are prevented from travelling within the period of validity of the Ticket by reason of illness, we may extend the period of validity of your Ticket until the date when you become fit to travel 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 has been paid. Such illness must be attested to by a medical certificate. When the Flight Coupons remaining in the Ticket, or in the case of an Electronic Ticket, the Electronic Coupon, involve one or more Stopovers, the validity of such Ticket may be extended for not more than three months from the date shown on such certificate. In such circumstances, we will similarly extend the period of validity of Tickets of other members of your immediate family accompanying you.
3.2.4 In the event of death of a Passenger en route, the Tickets of persons accompanying the Passenger may be modified by waiving the minimum stay or extending the validity. In the event of a death in the immediate family of a Passenger who has commenced travel, the validity of the Passenger’s Tickets and those of his or her immediate family who are accompanying the Passenger may likewise be modified. Any such modification shall be made upon receipt of a valid death certificate and any such extension of validity shall not be for a period longer than forty-five (45) Days from the date of the death.
3.3 COUPON SEQUENCE AND USE
3.3.1 The Ticket you have purchased is valid only for the transportation as shown on the Ticket, from the place of departure via any Agreed Stopping Places to Stopover, if any, and the final destination. The fare you have paid is based upon our Tariff and is for the transportation as shown on the Ticket. It forms an essential part of our contract with you. The Ticket will not be honored and will lose its validity if all the Coupons are not used in the sequence provided in the Ticket. In addition, the Ticket shall be used entirely.
3.3.2 Should you wish to change any aspect of your transportation, such as place of origin, destination or return, or departure time, 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 price or maintaining your original transportation as ticketed. Should you be required to change any aspect of your transportation due to Force Majeure, you must contact us as soon as practicable and we will use reasonable efforts to transport you to your next Stopover or final destination, without recalculation of the fare.
3.3.3 Should you change your transportation without our agreement, we will assess the correct price for your actual travel. You will have to pay any difference between the price you have paid and the total price applicable for your revised transportation. Such difference may also be collected retrospectively. Your unused Coupons have no value.
3.3.4 Please be aware that while some types of changes will not result in a change of fare, others, such as changing the place of departure (for example if you do not fly the first segment) or reversing the direction you travel, can result in an increase in price. Many fares are valid only on the dates and for the flights shown on the Ticket and may not be changed at all, or only upon payment of an additional fee.
3.3.5 Each Flight Coupon contained in your Ticket will be accepted for transportation in the class of service on the date and flight for which space has been reserved. When a Ticket is originally issued without a reservation being specified, space may be later reserved subject to our Tariff and the availability of space on the flight requested.
3.3.6 Please be advised that in the event you do not show up for a flight, we may cancel your return or onward reservations.
3.4 NAME AND ADDRESS OF CARRIER
Our name may be abbreviated to our Airline Designator Code, or otherwise, in the Ticket. Our address is Finnair Oyj, P.O. Box 15, 01053 FINNAIR, FINLAND.
ARTICLE 4—FARES, TAXES, FEES AND CHARGES
Fares apply only for carriage from the airport at the point of origin to the airport at the point of destination, unless otherwise expressly stated. Fares do not include ground transport service between airports and between airports and town terminals. Your fare will be calculated in accordance with our Tariff in effect on the date of payment of your ticket for travel on the specific dates and itinerary shown on it. Should you change your itinerary or dates of travel, this may impact the fare to be paid. Should the ticket not be paid at the time of reservation, the date of payment shall be deemed the date on which you have agreed with us on the method of payment.
4.2 TAXES, FEES AND CHARGES
Applicable taxes, fees and charges imposed by government or other authority, or by the operator of an airport shall be payable by you. At the time you purchase your Ticket, you will be advised of taxes, fees and charges not included in the fare, most of which will normally be shown separately on the Ticket. The taxes, fees and charges imposed on air travel are constantly changing and can be imposed after the date of Ticket issuance. If there is an increase in a tax, fee or charge shown on the Ticket, you will be obliged to pay it. Likewise, if a new tax, fee or charge is imposed even after Ticket issuance, you will be obliged to pay it. Similarly, in the event any taxes, fees or charges which you have paid to us at the time of Ticket issuance are abolished or reduced such that they no longer apply to you, or a lesser amount is due, you will be entitled to claim a refund. We reserve the right to charge a reasonable administration fee for such refund.
Fares, taxes, fees and charges are payable in the currency of the country in which the Ticket is issued, unless another currency is indicated by us or our Authorised Agent, at or before the time payment is made (for example, because of the non-convertibility of the local currency). We may at our discretion, accept payment in another currency.
5.1 RESERVATION REQUIREMENTS
5.1.1 We or our Authorised Agent will record your reservation(s). Upon request we will provide you with written confirmation of your reservation(s).
5.1.2 Certain fares have conditions which limit or exclude your right to change or cancel reservations.
5.2 TICKETING TIME LIMITS
If you have not paid for the Ticket prior to the specified ticketing time limit, as advised by us or our Authorised Agent, we may cancel your reservation.
5.3 PERSONAL DATA
You recognise that personal data has been given to us for the purposes of: making a reservation, purchasing a Ticket, obtaining ancillary services, developing and providing services, facilitating immigration and entry procedures, and making available such data to government agencies, in connection with your travel. For these purposes, you authorise us to retain and use such data and to transmit it to our own offices, Authorised Agents, government agencies, other Carriers or the providers of the above-mentioned services.
We cannot guarantee any particular seat. We reserve the right to assign or reassign seats at any time, even after boarding of the aircraft. This may be necessary for operational, safety or security reasons.
5.5 RECONFIRMATION OF RESERVATIONS
5.5.1 Onward or return reservations may be subject to the requirement to reconfirm the reservation within specified time limits. We will advise you when we require reconfirmation and how and where it should be done. If it is required and you fail to reconfirm, we may cancel your onward or return reservations. However, if you advise us you still wish to travel, and there is space on the flight, we will reinstate your reservations and transport you. If there is no space on the flight, we will use reasonable efforts to transport you to your next or final destination.
5.5.2 You should check the reconfirmation requirements of any other Carriers involved in your journey with them. Where it is required, you must reconfirm with the Carrier whose code appears for the flight in question on the Ticket.
5.6 CANCELLATION OF ONWARD RESERVATIONS
Please be advised that if you do not show up for a flight without advising us in advance, we may cancel your return or onward reservations. Please see also paragraph 3.3.
ARTICLE 6—CHECK-IN AND BOARDING
6.1 Check-in Deadlines are different at every airport and we recommend that you inform yourself about these Check-in Deadlines and honour them. Your journey will be smoother if you allow yourself ample time to comply with the Check-in Deadlines. We reserve the right to cancel your reservation if you do not comply with the Check-in Deadlines indicated. We or our Authorised Agents will advise you of the Check-in Deadline for your first flight on us. For any subsequent flights in your journey, you should inform yourself of the Check-in Deadlines. Check-in Deadlines for our flights can be found in our timetable, or may be obtained from us or our Authorised Agents.
6.2 You must be present at the boarding gate not later than the time specified by us when you check-in.
6.3 We may cancel the space reserved for you if you fail to arrive at the boarding gate in time.
6.4 We will not be liable to you for any loss or expense incurred due to your failure to comply with the provisions of this Article. If you are not at check-in or boarding gate by the specified times, you should contact our personnel immediately.
ARTICLE 7—REFUSAL AND LIMITATION OF CARRIAGE
7.1 RIGHT TO REFUSE CARRIAGE
In the reasonable exercise of our discretion, we may refuse to carry you or your Baggage if we have notified you in writing that we would not at any time after the date of such notice carry you on our flights. In this circumstance you will be entitled to a refund.
We may also refuse to carry you or your Baggage if one or more of the following have occurred or we reasonably believe may occur:
7.1.1 such action is necessary in order to comply with any applicable government laws, regulations, or orders;
7.1.2 the carriage of you or your Baggage may endanger or affect the safety, health, or materially affect the comfort of other passengers or crew;
7.1.3 your mental or physical state, including your impairment from alcohol or drugs, presents a hazard or risk to yourself, to passengers, to crew, or to property;
7.1.4 you have committed misconduct on a previous flight, and we have reason to believe that such conduct may be repeated;
7.1.5 you have refused to submit to a security control;
7.1.6 you have not paid the applicable fare, taxes, fees or charges;
7.1.7 you do not appear to have valid travel documents, may seek to enter a country through which you may be in transit, or for which you do not have valid travel documents, destroy your documentation during flight or refuse to surrender your travel documents to the flight crew, against receipt, when so requested;
7.1.8 you present a Ticket that has been acquired unlawfully, has been purchased from an entity other than us or our Authorised Agent, or has been reported as being lost or stolen, is a counterfeit, or you cannot prove that you are the person named in the Ticket;
7.1.9 you have failed to comply with the requirements set forth in paragraph 3.3 above concerning coupon sequence and use, or you present a Ticket which has been issued or altered in any way, other than by us or our Authorised Agent, or the Ticket is mutilated;
7.1.10 you fail to observe our instructions with respect to safety or security.
7.2 SPECIAL ASSISTANCE
Acceptance for carriage of unaccompanied children, incapacitated persons, pregnant women, and persons with illness or other people requiring special assistance is subject to prior arrangement with us. Passengers with disabilities who have advised us of the disability and any special requirements they may have at the time of ticketing, and been accepted by us, shall not subsequently be refused carriage on the basis of such disability or special requirements.
8.1 FREE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE
You may carry some Baggage free of charge, subject to our conditions and limitations which are available upon request from us or our Authorised Agents.
8.2 EXCESS BAGGAGE
You will be required to pay a charge for carriage of Baggage in excess of the free Baggage allowance. These rates are available from us upon request.
8.3 ITEMS UNACCEPTABLE AS BAGGAGE
8.3.1 You must not include in your Baggage:
22.214.171.124 items which are likely to endanger the aircraft or persons and property on board the aircraft, such as those 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 in our regulations (further information is available from us on request);
126.96.36.199 items the carriage of which is prohibited by the applicable laws, regulations or orders of any state to be flown from or to;
188.8.131.52 items which are considered by us to be unsuitable for carriage because they are dangerous, unsafe or by reason of their weight, size, shape or character, or which are fragile or perishable having regard to, among other things, the type of aircraft being used. Information about unacceptable items is available upon request.
8.3.2 Firearms and ammunition other than for hunting and sporting purposes are prohibited from carriage as Baggage. Firearms and ammunition for hunting and sporting purposes may be accepted as Checked Baggage. Firearms must be unloaded with the safety catch on, and suitably packed. Carriage of ammunition is subject to ICAO and IATA regulations as specified in paragraph 184.108.40.206.
8.3.3 Weapons such as antique firearms, swords, knives and similar items may be accepted as Checked Baggage, at our discretion, but will not be permitted in the cabin of the aircraft.
8.3.4 You must not include in Checked Baggage money, jewellery, precious metals, computers, cameras, cellular telephones, electronic devices, musical instruments, glasses/sunglasses, keys, medicines, negotiable papers, securities or other valuables, share certificates, bonds and other valuable documents, business documents, passports and other identification documents or samples.
8.3.5 If, despite being prohibited, any items referred to in paragraphs 8.3.1, 8.3.2 and 8.3.4 are included in your Baggage, any Damage to such items will be subject to the limitations of liability contained in the applicable Convention. We shall have no liability where Damage resulted from the inherent defect, quality or vice of the Baggage.
8.3.6 Except as the applicable Convention or other law may otherwise require, we are not liable for Damage to your Baggage caused by property contained in the Baggage. Any Passenger whose property causes Damage to another Passenger's Baggage or to the property of Finnair shall indemnify us for all losses and expenses incurred by us as a result thereof.
8.4 RIGHT TO REFUSE CARRIAGE
8.4.1 Subject to paragraph 8.3.2 and 8.3.3, we will refuse to carry as Baggage the items described in 8.3, and we may refuse further carriage of any such items upon discovery.
8.4.2 We may refuse to carry as Baggage any item because of its size, shape, weight, contents or character, or for safety or operational reasons, or the comfort and convenience of other passengers.
8.4.3 We may refuse to accept Baggage for carriage unless it is in our reasonable opinion properly and securely packed in suitable containers. Information about packaging and containers unacceptable to us is available upon request.
8.5 RIGHT OF SEARCH
For reasons of safety and security you permit a search and scan of your person and a search, scan or x-ray of your Baggage. If you are not available, your Baggage may be searched in your absence for the purpose of determining whether you are in possession of or whether your Baggage contains any item described in paragraph 8.3.1 or any firearms, ammunition or weapons, which have not been presented to us in accordance with paragraphs 8.3.2 or 8.3.3. If you are unwilling to comply with such request we may refuse to carry you and your Baggage. In the event a search or scan causes Damage to you, or a search, scan or x-ray causes Damage to your Baggage, we shall not be liable for such Damage unless due to our fault or negligence.
8.6 CHECKED BAGGAGE
8.6.1 Upon delivery to us of your Baggage which you wish to check in, we will take custody of, and issue a Baggage Identification Tag for each piece of your Checked Baggage.
8.6.2 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 we decide for safety, security or operational reasons to carry it on an alternative flight. If your Checked Baggage is carried on a subsequent flight we will deliver it to you, unless applicable law requires you to be present for customs clearance.
8.7 UNCHECKED BAGGAGE
8.7.1 Baggage which you carry onto the aircraft must fit under the seat in front of you or in an enclosed storage compartment in the cabin of the aircraft. If your Baggage cannot be stored in this manner, or is of excessive weight, or is considered unsafe for any reason, it must be carried as Checked Baggage. We may specify maximum dimensions and/or weight for Baggage which you carry on to the aircraft.
8.7.2 Objects not suitable for carriage in the cargo compartment (such as delicate musical instruments), and which do not meet the requirements in paragraph 8.8.1 above, will only be accepted for carriage in the cabin compartment if you have given us notice in advance and permission has been granted by us. You may have to pay a separate charge for this service.
8.8 COLLECTION AND DELIVERY OF CHECKED BAGGAGE
8.8.1 Subject to paragraph 8.6.3, you are required to collect your Checked Baggage as soon as it is made available at your destination or Stopover. Should you not collect it within a reasonable time, we may charge you a storage fee. Should your Checked Baggage not be claimed within three (3) months of the time it is made available, we may dispose of it without any liability to you.
8.8.2 Only the bearer of the Baggage Check and Baggage Identification Tag is entitled to delivery of the Checked Baggage.
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 deliver the Baggage to such person only on condition that he or she establishes to our satisfaction his or her right to the Baggage.
If we agree to carry your animals they will be carried subject to the following conditions:
8.9.1 You must ensure that animals such as dogs, cats, household birds and other pets, are properly crated and accompanied by valid health and vaccination certificates, entry permits, and other documents required by countries of entry or transit failing which, they will not be accepted for carriage. Such carriage may be subject to additional conditions specified by us, which are available on request.
8.9.2 If accepted as Baggage, the animal, together with its container and food, shall not be included in your free Baggage allowance, but shall constitute excess baggage, for which you will be obliged to pay the applicable rate.
8.9.3 Guide dogs accompanying Passengers with disabilities will be carried free of charge in addition to the normal free baggage allowance, subject to conditions specified by us, which are available on request.
8.9.4 Where carriage is not subject to the liability rules of the Convention, we are not responsible for injury to or loss, sickness or death of an animal which we have agreed to carry unless we have been negligent.
8.9.5 We will have no liability in respect of any such animal not having all the necessary exit, entry, health and other documents with respect to the animal’s entry into or passage through any country, state or territory and the person carrying the animal must reimburse us for any fines, costs, losses or liabilities reasonably imposed or incurred by us as a result.
ARTICLE 9—SCHEDULES AND IRREGULARITIES
9.1.1 The flight times shown in timetables may change between the date of publication and the date you actually travel.
9.1.2 Before we accept your booking, we will notify you of the scheduled departure time in effect as of that time, and it will be shown on your Ticket. We may need to change the scheduled departure time subsequent to issuance of your Ticket. If you provide us with contact information, we will endeavour to notify you of any such changes.
9.2 DENIED BOARDING COMPENSATION, CANCELLATIONS AND LONG DELAYS
9.2.1 EC legislation (Regulation No. 261/2004) provides for, and you may be entitled to assistance, refund and compensation in case you are denied boarding a flight on which you have a valid ticket and a confirmed booking, or if there is a cancellation or long delay of such flight. Regulation No. 261/2004 applies to all passengers departing from an airport within the EU, and to all passengers travelling into an EU Member State on an EU carrier unless they have received assistance in the country of departure. You can claim your rights under the Regulation No. 261/2004 only from the carrier that actually operates the flight. Detailed information on your rights in respect of flights operated by Finnair can be obtained on our Internet site at www.finnair.com and from our check-in counters and representatives at the airport.
9.2.2 You will have no other rights in respect of flight cancellation or denied boarding than those specified in the Regulation 261/2004.
9.2.3 Our liability for delay of Passenger and Baggage is set out in the applicable Convention.
10.1 We will refund a Ticket or any unused portion, in accordance with the applicable fare rules or Tariff, as follows:
10.1.1 Except as otherwise provided in this Article, we shall be entitled to make refund either to the person named in the Ticket or, to the person who has paid for the Ticket, upon presentation of satisfactory proof of such payment.
10.1.2 If a Ticket has been paid for by a person other than the passenger named in the Ticket, and the Ticket indicates that there is a restriction on refund, we shall make a refund only to the person who paid for the Ticket, or to that person’s order.
10.1.3 Except in the case of a lost Ticket, refunds will only be made on surrender to us of the Ticket and all unused Flight Coupons.
10.2 INVOLUNTARY REFUNDS
10.2.1 If we cancel a flight, fail to operate a flight reasonably according to schedule, fail to stop at your destination or Stopover, or cause you to miss a connecting flight on which you hold a reservation, the amount of the refund shall be:
10.2.1.1 If no portion of the Ticket has been used, an amount equal to the fare paid;
10.2.1.2 If a portion of the Ticket has been used, the refund will be not less than the difference between the fare paid and the applicable fare for travel between the points for which the Ticket has been used.
10.3 VOLUNTARY REFUNDS
10.3.1 If you are entitled to a refund of your Ticket for reasons other than those set out in paragraph 10.2, the amount of the refund shall be:
10.3.1.1 If no portion of the Ticket has been used, an amount equal to the fare paid, less any reasonable service charges or cancellation fees;
10.3.1.2 If a portion of the Ticket has been used, the refund will be an amount equal to the difference between the fare paid and the applicable fare for travel between the points for which the Ticket has been used, less any reasonable service charges or cancellation fees.
If the reservation was made seven days or more prior to the flight's scheduled departure time, you can cancel it within 24 hours without refund fee. Please contact our Customer Service.
10.4 REFUND ON LOST TICKET
10.4.1 If you lose your Ticket or portion of it, upon furnishing us with satisfactory proof of the loss, and payment of a reasonable administration charge, refund will be made as soon as practicable after the expiry of the validity period of the Ticket, on condition:
10.4.1.1 that the lost Ticket, or portion thereof, has not been used, previously refunded or replaced, (except where the use, refund or replacement by or to a third party resulted from our own negligence);
10.4.1.2 that the person to whom the refund is made undertakes, in such form as may be prescribed by us, to repay to us the amount refunded in the event of fraud and/or to the extent that the lost Ticket or portion of it is used by a third party (except where any fraud or use by a third party resulted from our own negligence).
10.4.2 If we or our Authorised Agent lose the Ticket or portion of it, the loss shall be our responsibility.
10.5 RIGHT TO REFUSE REFUND
10.5.1 We may refuse a refund where application is made after the expiry of the validity of the Ticket.
10.5.2 We may refuse a refund on a Ticket which has been presented to us or to Government officials, as evidence of intention to depart from that country, unless you establish to our satisfaction that you have permission to remain in the country or that you will depart from that country by another carrier or another means of transport.
We reserve the right to make a refund in the same manner and the same currency used to pay for the Ticket.
10.7 BY WHOM TICKET REFUNDABLE
Voluntary refunds will be made only by the carrier which originally issued the Ticket or by its agent if so authorised.
ARTICLE 11—CONDUCT ABOARD AIRCRAFT
If in our reasonable opinion you conduct yourself aboard the aircraft so as to endanger the aircraft or any person or property on board, or obstruct the crew in the performance of their duties, or fail to comply with any instructions of the crew including but not limited to those with respect to smoking, alcohol or drug consumption, or 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 continuation of such conduct, including restraint. You may be disembarked and refused onward carriage at any point, and may be prosecuted for offences committed on board the aircraft.
11.2 ELECTRONIC DEVICES
For safety reasons, we may forbid or limit operation aboard the aircraft of electronic equipment, including, but not limited to, cellular telephones, laptop computers, portable recorders, portable radios, CD and MP3 players, electronic games or transmitting devices, including radio controlled toys and walkie-talkies. Operation of hearing aids and heart pacemakers is permitted.
ARTICLE 12—ARRANGEMENTS FOR ADDITIONAL SERVICES
12.1 If we make arrangements for you with any 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 rental, in doing so we act only as your agent. The terms and conditions of the third party service provider will apply. We shall have no liability to you for such services except for negligence on our part in making such arrangements.
12.2 If we are also providing surface transportation to you, other conditions may apply to such surface transportation. Such conditions are available from us upon request.
ARTICLE 13—ADMINISTRATIVE FORMALITIES
13.1.1 You are responsible for obtaining all required travel documents and visas and for complying with all laws, regulations, orders, demands and travel requirements of countries to be flown from, into or through which you transit.
13.1.2 We shall not be liable for the consequences to any passenger resulting from his or her failure to obtain such documents or visas or to comply with such laws, regulations, orders, demands, requirements, rules or instructions.
13.2 TRAVEL DOCUMENTS
Prior to travel, you must present all exit, entry, health and other documents required by law, regulation, order, demand or other requirement of the countries concerned, and permit us to take and retain copies thereof. We reserve the right to refuse carriage if you have not complied with these requirements, or your travel documents do not appear to be in order.
13.3 REFUSAL OF ENTRY
If you are denied entry into any country, you will be responsible to pay any fine or charge assessed against us by the Government concerned and for the cost of transporting you from that country. The fare collected for carriage to the point of refusal or denied entry will not be refunded by us.
13.4 PASSENGER RESPONSIBLE FOR FINES, DETENTION COSTS, ETC.
If we are required to pay any fine or penalty or to incur any expenditure by reason of your failure to comply with laws, regulations, orders, demands or other travel requirements of the countries concerned or to produce the required documents, you shall reimburse us on demand, any amount so paid or expenditure so incurred. We may apply towards such payment or expenditure the value of any unused carriage on your ticket, or any of your funds in our possession.
13.5 CUSTOMS INSPECTION
If required, you shall attend inspection of your Baggage, by customs or other Government officials. 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 shall submit to any security controls by Governments, airport officials, Carriers or by us.
ARTICLE 14—SUCCESSIVE CARRIERS
Carriage to be performed by us and other Carriers under one Ticket, or a Conjunction Ticket is regarded as a single operation for the purposes of the Convention.
ARTICLE 15—LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE
15.1 The liability of Finnair and each Carrier involved in your journey will be determined by its own Conditions of Carriage. Our liability provisions are as follows:
15.1.1 Liability limits for Damage to Passengers and their Baggage
15.1.1(a) Compensation in the case of death or injury
There are no financial limits to the liability for Passenger injury or death.
15.1.1(b) Advance payments
If a Passenger is killed or injured, Finnair must make an advance payment, to cover immediate economic needs, within 15 days from the identification of the person entitled to compensation. In the event of death, this advance payment shall not be less than 16,000 SDRs. An advance payment shall not constitute a recognition of liability and may be offset against any subsequent sums paid on the basis of our liability, but is not returnable, except in the cases prescribed in paragraph 15.1.2 (a), or in circumstances where it is proved that the person who received the advance payment caused or contributed to the Damage by negligence, or that he was not entitled to such compensation.
15.1.1(c) Passenger delays
In case of Passenger delay, Finnair is liable for Damage unless it took all reasonable measures to avoid the damage or it was impossible to take such measures. The liability for Passenger delay is limited to 4,694 SDRs.
15.1.1(d) Destruction, loss or other Damage to Baggage and Baggage delays
In the case of Checked Baggage, Finnair is liable even if not at fault, unless the Baggage was defective. In the case of Unchecked Baggage, Finnair is liable only if at fault. In case of Baggage delay, Finnair is liable for Damage unless it took all reasonable measures to avoid the damage or it was impossible to take such measures. The liability in the case of destruction, loss or other Damage to Baggage or Baggage delay is limited to 1,131 SDRs per Passenger.
15.1.2 Other terms and disclaimers:
15.1.2(a) Any liability we have for Damage will be reduced by any negligence on your part which causes or contributes to the Damage in accordance with applicable law.
15.1.2(b) We will be liable only for Damage occurring during carriage on flights or flight segments where our Airline Designator Code appears in the carrier box of the Ticket for that flight or flight segment. If we issue a Ticket or if we check Baggage for carriage on another carrier, we do so only as agent for the other carrier. Nevertheless, with respect to Checked Baggage, you may make a claim against the first or last carrier or against the carrier performing the carriage during which the damage took place.
15.1.2(c) We are not liable for any Damage arising from our compliance with applicable laws or Government rules and regulations, or from your failure to comply with the same.
15.1.2 (d) Except where other specific provision is made in these Conditions of Carriage, we shall be liable to you only for recoverable compensatory damages for proven direct losses and, to the extent permitted by applicable law, you agree that we shall not be liable for indirect, consequential, or any other form of non-compensatory damages.
15.1.2 (e) We are not liable for any Damage caused by your Baggage. You shall be responsible for any Damage caused by your Baggage to other persons or property, including our property.
15.1.2 (f) You must not pack in your Checked Baggage articles not permitted to be contained in Checked Baggage under 8.3, including fragile or perishable items, items having a special value or personal essential items, such as money, jewellery, precious metals, computers, cameras, cellular telephones, electronic devices, musical instruments, glasses/sunglasses, keys, medicines, negotiable papers, securities, or other valuables, share certificates, bonds and other valuable documents, business documents, passports and other identification documents, or samples. Your right to recover damages for their destruction, loss or other Damage will be limited under the applicable Convention.
15.1.2 (g) We are not responsible for any illness, injury or disability, including death, attributable to your physical condition or for the aggravation of such condition.
15.1.2 (h) The contract of carriage, including these Conditions of Carriage and exclusions or limits of liability, applies to our Authorised Agents, servants, employees and representatives to the same extent as they apply to us. The total amount recoverable from us and from such Authorised Agents, employees, representatives and persons shall not exceed the amount of our own liability, if any.
15.1.2 (i) Nothing in these Conditions of Carriage shall waive any exclusion or limitation of our liability under the Convention or applicable laws unless otherwise expressly stated.
ARTICLE 16—TIME LIMITATION ON CLAIMS AND ACTIONS
16.1 NOTICE OF CLAIMS
Acceptance of Baggage by the bearer of the Baggage Check without complaint at the time of delivery is sufficient evidence that the Baggage has been delivered in good condition and in accordance with the contract of carriage, unless you prove otherwise.
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 at the latest, within seven (7) Days of receipt of the Baggage. If you wish to file a claim or an action regarding delay of Checked Baggage, you must notify us within twenty-one (21) Days from the date the Baggage has been placed at your disposal. Every such notification 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 of the date of arrival at destination, or the date on which the aircraft was scheduled to arrive, or the date on which the carriage stopped. The method of calculating the period of limitation shall be determined by the law of the court where the case is heard.
ARTICLE 17—OTHER CONDITIONS
Carriage of you and your Baggage is also provided in accordance with certain other regulations and conditions applying to or adopted by us. These regulations and conditions as varied from time to time are important. They concern among other things; the carriage of unaccompanied minors, pregnant women and sick passengers, restrictions on use of electronic devices and items, and the onboard consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Regulations and conditions concerning these matters are available from us upon request.
The title of each Article of these Conditions of Carriage is for convenience only, and is not to be used for interpretation of the text.
ARTICLE 19—MODIFICATION AND WAIVER
None of our Authorised Agents, servants, employees or representatives has authority to alter, modify or waive any provision of these Conditions of Carriage.