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.
With the amount of Air Passenger Duty (APD) levied on travellers increasing* on Monday 2 November, Which? Holiday is calling for airlines to make it easier for passengers to claim back APD on unused flights.
The vast majority of people in the UK support a reform of Air Passenger Duty (APD), according to a representative YouGov survey published today. The opinion poll was commissioned by easyJet, the UK’s largest airline in the run up to the forthcoming increase in APD on 1 November.
A row has erupted between Ryanair and BBC over the broadcasting of a Panorama documentary tonight on the budget airline, titled Why Hate Ryanair?, which is an investigation into the reasons why the budget carrier is apparently so unpopular with many customers.
Lufthansa’s acquisition of the remaining 20 percent of BMI has fuelled speculation that it could imminently try to sell the loss-making airline. The German aviation giant agreed to pay about £38 million to SAS, making it the outright owner, with a further payment should it sell within two years.
Etihad Airways is moving to a new home in Terminal 4 at Heathrow on 30 September 2009. The switch aims to offer customers of the UAE flag carrier improved facilities in a fresh, comfortable and convenient new facility.
Climate activists branded yesterday’s agreement to halve airline emission by 2050 as “complete greenwash” and were a cynical ploy to avoid new taxes that threaten to erode into the industry’s profits.
Airlines are predicted to lose a total of $11 billion this year according to IATA – $2 billion worse than previously predicted. The impact of the recession on the airline industry is “worse than the impact of 9/11,” according to IATA CEO Giovanni Bisignani. He predicted that losses would continue until 2010 with the industry expected to report a $3.8 billion net loss.
Ancillary revenue from excess baggage charges and priority boarding are providing struggling airlines with a much-need cash boost as they grapple the aviation downturn. Analysis of the accounts of 92 airlines has found that ancillary revenues rose a massive 345 percent between 2006 and 2008 to €7.68bn.
Air France has said a “difficult economic environment”, including capacity cuts of 5%, would lead it to make 1,500 redundancies by October. But the airline reported a stabilising of passenger traffic in August.
Delta Air Lines has admitted running empty planes from the US to Heathrow as part of Australian quarantine regulations, angering environmentalists.
Ryanair has increased baggage check in charges whilst doubling passengers’ baggage allowance, in a bid to encourage passengers to travel with carry-on luggage only.