Court of Justice rules on passenger compensation for flight delays

02-12-2015

According to EU law, passengers have the right to a fixed level of compensation if their flight is cancelled or subject to a long delay. However, airlines can escape liability if they prove that 'extraordinary circumstances' caused the cancellation or delay. The Court of Justice of the EU has recently ruled that unexpected technical problems cannot count as 'extraordinary circumstances'.

According to EU law, passengers have the right to a fixed level of compensation if their flight is cancelled or subject to a long delay. However, airlines can escape liability if they prove that 'extraordinary circumstances' caused the cancellation or delay. The Court of Justice of the EU has recently ruled that unexpected technical problems cannot count as 'extraordinary circumstances'.