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Major European airlines, such as Air Berlin, Monarch Airlines and NIKI, have been announced bankrupt, leaving many passengers without realistic expectations of compensation claims for tickets they could not even use.

Overall, more than one million total bookings were affected by the bankruptcy of the three companies.

Following the record of airline bankruptcies in 2017, the European Travel Agents & Tour Operators Association (ECTAA) is requesting the European Commission to introduce specific European legislation that would create a mandatory mechanism for airlines to protect passengers from bankruptcies, the cost of which would be included in the airfare. This protection mechanism should apply to European airlines and, to the maximum extent, to non-European airlines for tickets they sell within Europe.