Flight delay compensation: floodgates are now open!
In a surprise Supreme Court Judgment on the 31st October 2014, the Court refused leave to appeal against Jet2.com and Thomson Airways. The two cases cited at court were:
Jet2.com Limited v Huzar and
Thomson Airways Limited v Dawson
Delayed Flight Delays – Appeal Refused
The Court’s reason for refusal to grant the airlines leave to appeal against the airlines for the flight delay compensation said:
‘the application [for leave to appeal) does not raise a point of law of general public importance and, in relation to the point of European Union Law said to be raised by or in response to the application, it is not necessary to request the Court of Justice to give any ruling, because the court’s existing jurisprudence already provides sufficient answer’.
In short the airlines have lost the case for flight delay compensation and that they have nowhere else to go through the courts as their appeal has been denied.
Unforeseen Technical Problems
The main issues the airline companies lost the test cases was on a point of law, in particular what amounted to ‘extraordinary circumstances.’ That is, unforeseen technical plane problems such as mechanical or electrical failures. The airlines argued that flight delay compensation should not be paid if there was a problem with the plane which caused the flight delay. However, this argument was rejected by the Court and now millions of passengers can claim for compensation if their flight was delayed.
How long do you have to make a flight delay compensation claim?
The Supreme Court also clarified the law in relating to the time period passengers have to make a claim for delayed flight compensation. The law is found in Regulation (EC) No. 261/2004 and whether the applicable limitation period for bringing a claim for compensation under the regulation is 2 or 6 years. The Supreme Court advised that passengers have now 6 years to make flight delay compensation.
Claim for flight delay compensation now
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