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Parliamentary questions
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15 October 2019
Question for written answer E-003293-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Jane Brophy (Renew)

 Subject:  Non-EU airlines and compensation
 Answer in writing 

Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 establishes minimum rights for airline passengers who are denied boarding against their will, or whose flight is cancelled or delayed.

In such cases, passengers departing from an airport located in a Member State are entitled to compensation. The same applies to passengers departing from an airport located in a third country to an airport situated in a Member State, provided that the operating air carrier of the flight concerned holds a valid operating licence granted by a Member State and that passengers have not received benefits or compensation or been given assistance in the third country in question.

In the event that an airline ignores a Civil Aviation Authority decision and the matter is taken to court, it is sometimes necessary to use bailiffs to ensure that the airline in question fully compensates its passengers. This is increasingly difficult when it comes to airlines based outside the EU since they do not have any accessible assets for the EU to seize.

Will the Commission consider, through an appropriate delegated act, the possibility of refusing to allow certain airlines to operate within the EU until they have fully compensated all customers concerned?

Can it threaten airlines with an EU-wide ban if they ignore court rulings forcing them to pay the appropriate compensation owed to their passengers?

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