Airlines lose landmark case at Supreme Court - opening the way for payments to passengers whose flights were delayed.
Liverpool, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/03/2014 -- Millions of people who have faced delays on airline flights will now be able to claim compensation for these delays from the airlines involved, following two landmark rulings at the Supreme Court in London this week. Two airlines, Thomson and Jet2 had been appealing EU rule 261/2004 arguing that the length of time that compensation can be backdated to should only be 2 years and that technical faults that delayed a plane's departure were not the airline's fault.
Fortunately for passengers, both airlines lost their test cases against 2 of their passengers, which means that around 3,000 other claims that had been on hold can now proceed. Lawyers acting for the passengers in the technical faults case said that up to two million people a year could now be eligible to claim compensation if their flight into or out of the European Union had suffered a delay. Depending upon the length of the delay, the compensation for each passenger, per flight, could be as high as £470 (€600).
The other ruling affirmed that claims for Flight Delay Compensation could be made for flights from as far back as 6 years ago. This means that up to £4billion could be paid out in Delayed Flight Compensation for flights from 2008 to 2014.
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