EU court said airlines must compensate for delays caused by internal strikes

EU regulation gives passengers on a delayed flight the right to compensation of up to 600 euros, depending on the distance of the flight but Airlines are exempt from paying this if they can show there were “extraordinary circumstances” which they could not have reasonably avoided.

On Tuesday the 17th of April, the European Union’s top court ruled that from now on, airlines have to pay compensation for flight delays caused by internal strikes as well, as opposed to just union organised strikes.

APRA welcomes the ECJ ruling as it increases legal certainty for air passengers throughout the EU.

Airline CEO Complains About Cost of Complying with EU Passenger Rights

Brussels, 6 March 2018.


During the annual Aviation Summit, organized by Airlines for Europe (A4E) at the prestigious Concert Noble in Brussels today, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr, who is also the outgoing chairman of the EU Airline Lobbying outfit A4E, complained about the rising costs related to complying with EU Regulation 261, which ensures passenger rights.

Claiming that the Regulation needs urgent revision, Mr. Spohr accused the EU Council (the collective of EU Member States) of holding the file hostage over a dispute regarding Gibraltar. According to the CEO, Courts and Judges across the EU apply the Regulation differently, which creates uncertainty and brings about large costs.

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New Passenger Rights Group APRA Successfully Launched!

On 31 January 2018, during a cocktail event in the European Parliament, the Association of Passenger Rights Advocates (APRA) announced itself as the new player on the Brussels policy scene. Policy makers from all institutions, as well as airlines and other stakeholders came together to debate the need for strong and clear passenger rights.

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