The Austrian court has ruled against Austrian Airlines on 25th of September, 2023. The airline was found guilty of greenwashing after it previously advertised CO2-neutral flights. They had conveyed 'a false impression' by marketing to customers the possibility of travelling to the Venice Biennale without polluting the planet.
VKI, the Austrian consumer association, filed a lawsuit against Austrian Airlines on behalf of the Austrian Ministry of Social Affairs. VKI welcomed the court's ruling, referring to a 'first in Austria', according to legal expert Barbara Bauer. 'The court now followed VKI's legal advice and ruled that the advertising was misleading'. Austrian Airlines published the ruling on its channels and 'takes the ruling into account in current and future advertisements'.