Background note: air passenger rights 


Parliament voted on a draft report on Wednesday (5 February) in which it set out its first-reading position on revised air passenger rights.

The European Commission has proposed a revision of the existing rules on air passenger rights, as set out in Regulation 261/2004, in force since 2005. As compensation is currently paid to only a small share of those entitled to it, the Commission proposes improving information to passengers in the event of delays and clarifying rules compensation, as well as updating rules to give air carriers more certainty as to the law.