Ryan Air have today lost an important court battle in the Manchester County Court relating to the time limit which applies to passengers making flight delay compensation claims.
Ryan Air had argued that the time limit for claims should be just 2 years as per their booking terms and conditions. The two passengers argued that those terms and conditions breached the time limit of 6 years which is laid down for contractual claims in the Limitation Act.
The Judge agreed with the delayed passengers which means that over 2 million passengers could now be eligible to claim flight delay compensation. If your flight was cancelled or delayed for more than 3 hours and you flew more than 2 years ago (but less than 6), provided you make a claim now, you should be successful.
Needless to say Ryan Air are seeking leave to appeal the decision as they are set to lose millions of pounds if they cannot overturn this judgement.
Sadly, this means the two passengers concerned may have to wait for up to a year for their money.
This decision comes hot on the heals of the Civil Aviation Authority’s success with Jet2 who have now agreed to abide by the 6 year limitation period and pay any claims for delayed flights occurring in this period.