With delays having increased significantly across Europe in recent years, the EU's network controller, Eurocontrol, reckons that they cost the region's economy €17.6bn in 2018. Last year was the busiest ever for flights in Europe, but 26pc of all those flights were delayed. Delays soared 279pc between 2013 and 2018, while the number of flights jumped 14pc in the period. "Last year, 334 million passengers in Europe had their flights delayed by more than 15 minutes and 23 million had their flights cancelled," said Eurocontrol director general Eamonn Brennan in Madrid last week. He was addressing journalists at the annual World ATM Congress, a get-together for the air-traffic-management industry that draws aerospace companies such as Boeing and Thales, as well as air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and other stakeholders. "It's exposing the airline industry to huge compensation as part of EU261," he added. The EU's 261 rule ensures passengers are entitled to sometimes quite … [Read more...] about Europe’s flight delays cost €100 a minute
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Flight delay firm's appeal over Ryanair compensation ends Independent.ie The English High Court has finished hearing an appeal by a UK firm of solicitors against an earlier ruling that dismissed its application to be indemnified for fees the firm failed to collect from clients compensated by Ryanair for delayed or cancelled flights. https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/flight-delay-firms-appeal-over-ryanair-compensation-ends-37790667.html https://www.independent.ie/incoming/article37790869.ece/365f2/AUTOCROP/h342/AIR-UNIONS%207.jpg Email The English High Court has finished hearing an appeal by a UK firm of solicitors against an earlier ruling that dismissed its application to be indemnified for fees the firm failed to collect from clients compensated by Ryanair for delayed or cancelled flights. However, the judgment will be reserved and it's not known at this stage when the outcome of the appeal will be made public. The landmark case by solicitors Bott & Co saw it … [Read more...] about Flight delay firm’s appeal over Ryanair compensation ends
Q My wife was stuck in Amsterdam on a very late transatlantic flight on a US airline. The delay was due to maintenance issues. Can she claim anything from the airline under any EU rules? Luke F A If the flight arrived in the US three hours or more behind schedule, the answer is yes. European air passengers’ rights rules, known as EC261, apply to flights from all EU airports whatever the nationality of the airline. They stipulate cash payments for long delays, unless the carrier can claim “extraordinary circumstances”. The European Court of Justice has ruled that mechanical problems are part of the normal day-to-day business of running an airline and therefore do not count as extraordinary. The amount of compensation depends on the exact length of the delay: for three hours but less than four hours, it is €300; for four hours or more, it is €600. Agreed, that does look pretty arbitrary: a four-hour delay is judged to be twice as annoying as a three-hour … [Read more...] about Travel question: Do US airlines have to pay compensation under EU rules?
Airlines in Europe do not have to inform passengers the real reason for a delay, often giving people on the same flight different excuses depending on their persistence to get compensation, according to a new report. "They [airline carriers] can inform different reasons to different people [on the same flight]," the Court told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday (8 November). Airline carriers often resort to telling people who complain that a delay is due to circumstances not under their control. But when this line of reasoning is properly challenged, they are more likely to pay up. Meanwhile, maximum compensation in the EU is €600 - a sum that has not changed since 2004. Adjusted to inflation, it would be at least €750 today. In comparison, the United States offers over €1,100 for delays. New Zealand grants up to 10 times the cost of a ticket. In Canada, someone helping a disabled person does not have to purchase a ticket, unlike in the EU. People in Europe are … [Read more...] about EU airlines offering different reasons for same flight delays
Jetting off on your summer holidays should be a time of rest and relaxation. But as anyone who has ever had a delayed or cancelled flight knows, things don't always go to plan. Whilst you may not be able to claim back hours spent at the airport waiting for that 'delayed' sign to switch to 'now boarding', you may be able to claim back some cash. So, here's everything you need to know about your rights if your flight is delayed or cancelled, and how you can go about claiming compensation. Am I entitled to compensation if my flight is delayed? Travellers who have booked flights that have departed from a European destination or with a European airline are protected under the Denied Boarding Regulation. What you are entitled to will depend on how long you are delayed for and the length of your flight. If your flight is delayed for more than two hours, you're entitled to two free phone calls, faxes or emails Appropriate free meals and beverages free hotel accommodation and … [Read more...] about How to claim compensation if your flight is cancelled