A test Case is underway against Ryanair regarding flight delay compensation claims. It is thought that passengers could claim up to ?610m if the decision goes against Ryanair. It relates to how far back in time passengers can claim flight delay compensation.
The case is being heard in the Manchester Country Court. At the moment the law allows delayed flight compensation to be claimed for up to six years following a delayed flight. Ryanair have contested the case, the argument being that passengers should only get a two year window in which to claim. They have stated that passengers agree they would only have 2 years in which to claim flight delay compensation when they accept the terms and conditions on buying a Ryanair ticket and insist passengers waive their right to the six-year limitation.
If the decision goes against Ryanair, potentially they could face claims from more than 2,000,000 passengers.
The Flight delay Regulation entitles passengers to claim compensation of up to ?440 each for a flight delay of three hours or more, so long as it was not caused by ‘extraordinary circumstances’. A previous Supreme Court ruling confirmed that passengers in England and Wales have six years to take a claim for flight delay compensation. It has been reported that the latest case could stand to affect around ?2.26 million passengers with a potential total of around ?610m in compensation, this figure is based on the fact that on average 2% of flights are delayed.
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Unfortunately, Ryanair have refused to comment. The ruling is expected in 2 weeks and we wait in anticipation.
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