Will the EU give up on air passenger rights?

An air passenger rights alliance is currently putting pressure on the EU not to approve changes to the law that will make it more difficult for travelers and holidaymakers to claim compensation for lengthy flight delays.

Suggested changes to the law governing flight delay compensation will mean that airlines will only have to pay for flights delayed by at least five hours or more - up from three hours at present.

Many airlines are also arguing that the legislation should be revisited so it’s clear that they don't have to pay compensation for delays caused by technical faults.

EU transport ministers are due to consider the proposed amendments to EU legislation 261 next month.

It’s estimated that under existing legislation, flight delay compensation cost airlines an average of €0.88 per passenger.

Under the proposed changes, the Alliance estimates that airlines will face 72% fewer successful claims from delayed passengers.

In addition, the time in which passengers will be able to bring a claim against airlines in the UK be cut from six years to only 3 months.

The Alliance for Air Passenger Rights, which consists of companies and consumer associations from Germany, France, Denmark and Spain and newly from the UK, was establish to stop the legal changes proposed by the European Council.

Written on by Jakub Kotan

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