Flight delay compensation now available if your journey was held up by a wildcat strike
Thousands of airline passengers who have suffered flight delays could now be eligible to claim flight delay compensation thanks to a recent ruling in the European courts.
Airlines have historically claimed that delays due to staff strikes should be classed as “extraordinary circumstances”, and therefore beyond their responsibility and not deserving of compensation.
However, a landmark legal judgement has established that this is not the case.
The ruling was made in relation to an incident involving German airline TUIfly that happened back in October 2016.
Airline staff took part in a ‘wildcat’ strike which resulted in many flights being delayed or cancelled. Thousands of passengers had their journeys affected as a result.
In short, the new ruling states that a strike which isn't officially organised by a trade union - does not count as an 'extraordinary circumstance' and therefore any resulting flight delays are covered by EU rules, which mean passengers can claim up to Euro 600 in compensation.
Similar cases occurring in the UK will however need to be tested in British courts, where it is expected that airlines will contest the judgement
The Civil Aviation Authority has welcomed the ruling for the “clarity it provides to consumers whose flights are delayed by wildcat strikes.”
Claiming for flight compensation if you were delayed by a wildcat strike
If you were delayed by a wildcat strike, you may now be able to make successful claim for flight compensation as long as you were aboard an EU regulated fight, the delay was at least 3 hours long and the incident occurred less than 6 years ago.