Jet 2 .com ruling could set precedent for flight delay compensation claims

Jet 2 .com ruling could set precedent for flight delay compensation claims

A recent ruling against Jet2.com could lead to a hike in airliner prices and a flurry of compensation claims from passengers dating back 6 years, travel lawyers have warned.

Jet2.com had been seeking to overturn a decision that went in favour of a passenger after he was delayed 27 hours waiting for a flight from Malaga to Manchester.

The passenger was seeking compensation using an EU regulation covering compensation rights for passengers.

In the past airlines has sometimes been able to avoid paying compensation by claiming that certain technical faults amounted to extraordinary circumstances.

Jet2.com has confirmed that it will appeal against the ruling in the Supreme Court. An aviation industry lawyer warned that the decision is a blow to the aviation industry and could equate to a huge amount of money off airlines’ bottom line figures which already have narrow margins. Another lawyer warned that “The first thing to consider is whether or not ticket prices have a built in provision for compensation claims” and warned that “the recent case and the knock on effect may well drive airfares up”

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