News

ECJ Rules Against Airlines on Delayed Flight Compensation

ECJ Rules Against Airlines on Delayed Flight Compensation

In Luxembourg today, the European Court of Justice rejected two applications by airlines to avoid paying compensation for delayed flights, and said: “The Court of Justice has confirmed its previous ruling that passengers whose flights have been delayed for a long time may be compensated.”

European Court of Justice

The court, ruling in a case involving Lufthansa and another involving TUI Travel, British Airways, easyJet and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), said that travellers deserved to be recompensed for delays of more than three hours, reaffirming a right established in 2009 in a case involving Air France. Passengers on flights starting or ending in the European Union are entitled to between €250 and €600 for delayed or cancelled flights under EU rules.

However, the court also said that travellers would not be entitled to compensation if the airline could prove that the delay was caused by circumstances beyond its control.

In the Lufthansa case, passengers sued the airline for compensation in a German court after a flight delay of more than 24 hours. Judges subsequently sought advice from the ECJ.

In the second case, IATA, British Airways, easyJet and TUI Travel challenged the UK Civil Aviation Authority after it rejected their request to be exempted from paying for flight delays. British judges then asked the Court of Justice in Luxembourg for guidance.

Earlier this month, the ECJ ordered airlines to compensate travellers whom they bumped off flights because of strikes, saying that was not a good enough excuse not to pay up.

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

More in News

Emirates Delivers on Customer Promise to Complete Refunds Backlog

Neil SteedmanNovember 26, 2020

Royal Caribbean International’s Black Friday Sale

Michael FloodNovember 25, 2020

New Next-Generation Cruise Terminal Unveiled at Southampton

Neil SteedmanNovember 25, 2020

Emirates Holidays Announces Four-Day Sale from Dublin

Neil SteedmanNovember 24, 2020

Black Friday Deals from TUI Offer Savings Up to €250 per Booking

Neil SteedmanNovember 24, 2020

Irish Ferries launches Summer ’21 schedule to France with FREE Flexibility on all bookings

Michael FloodNovember 24, 2020

Norwegian Initiates Reorganisation Plan: NAI and AAA Granted Protection Under Irish Examinership

Neil SteedmanNovember 24, 2020

Royal Caribbean Group is extending its “Cruise with Confidence” program

Michael FloodNovember 24, 2020

Insight Vacations and Platinum Travel offer new bespoke trip of luxury Ireland

Michael FloodNovember 24, 2020

Copyright © 2019 Belgrave Group Limited, C4 Nutgrove Office Park, Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, Ireland