Old May 21, 2010, 9:07 AM
Peter Hall Peter Hall is offline
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I contacted Air France in January with complaints following a flight from Johannesburg to London Heathrow on December 29th. Our luggage disappeared for over a week and was returned damaged. Also we were conned into paying excess baggage in South Africa which also raised questions of safety.

I have since written three times to Air France at their Customer Service address in France and just cannot get them to reply.

What have I got to do to get a response?
Old May 21, 2010, 10:24 AM
The_Judge The_Judge is offline
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If they won't respond to your letters...take them to court. They will be forced to respond. There is a member of this site who lives in your part of the world (I'm guessing here) and will most likely be chiming in shortly with some advice on just how to do that......stay tuned.
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Old May 21, 2010, 2:06 PM
jimworcs jimworcs is offline
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Ok, if you are a UK resident you can file a Small Claims Court case. You can do this electronically for a minimal cost. ~Air France must respond to this or they will get a default judgement. At that point, you will have the right to seize their property to have the judgement enforced. Of course, they will settle before then, but just image the pleasure of your bailiff's seizing their brand new A380 at LHR. (The A380 will be flying the London-Paris route through July and August).

Here is the link to file a Small Claim online:


It is easy and low cost. No lawyers required. You must produce evidence that your cases were missing for one week, reasonable costs that you incurred as a result and evidence of the damage to your cases. You have to be aware though that the purpose of luggage is to protect your belongings during travel, so they will inevitably sustain some damage. Keep your claim to what is reasonable.

Air France will respond to a summons. If you prefer not to be too litigious, you can complain to the Air Transport Users' Council. The email address is: [email protected]

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Old Aug 8, 2011, 9:06 AM
lsy4483 lsy4483 is offline
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Does that only work for UK? What about in Hong Kong?
Old Aug 9, 2011, 5:25 PM
jimworcs jimworcs is offline
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I am not sure what the process in HK, but many jurisdictions have a small claims proess.

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