Ryanair has gone to the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg to challenge a ruling which states airlines should compensate passengers for ‘Acts of God’ which result in cancellations. The Irish low-cost carrier believes the current EU 261 regulations are discriminating and unfit for purpose as they places an unlimited right to care on airlines.
The High Court in London has suspended the right of UK air passengers to claim compensation from airlines for flight delays. The ruling means that UK courts will hear no further compensation cases until a further ECJ ruling, which isn’t expected till 2012.
Airline passengers who are delayed by more than three hours should get the same compensation as if their flights have been cancelled, the European Court of Justice has ruled. Under the landmark judgement, passengers whose flights are delayed can receive between €250 and €600, the same as if their flight was cancelled.