Monday, 23 June 2014

Are we about to see flight delay claims soar?

Flight Delays Claims

With a recent court case ruling in the favour of a passenger who was delayed for 27 hours has been awarded £526 in compensation. The passenger in question is Ronald Huzar who was travelling from Malaga to Manchester back in 2011 when his flight was delayed by a staggering 27 hours due to a technical fault on the plane.

Back in 2011, the flight company responsible for the delay claimed that the technical fault came under "extraordinary circumstances" which enabled to avoid paying out any compensation to those affected. The term 'extraordinary circumstances' however, is usually only applied to flights which have been delayed due to poor weather conditions, political unrest and threats to security.

With Mr Huzar having faced major disruptions to his flight back in 2011, he recently proceeded to take to court with the Manchester county court ruling in his favour. With this recent ruling bucking the usual trend in terms of flight delay compensation, many have argued that we will begin to see flight delay claims soar. Also with Mr Huzar's case acting as prominent example, more and more people will start to speak out and claim.


Flight delay claims are subject to the UK's statute of limitation which now allows customers to make a claim which dates back 6 years. As a result lawyers have suggested that approximately 20 million passengers who have experienced delays could be en
titled to compensation. 

So what is the law about flight delay compensation?

Under EU Law, you must be delayed for more than 3 hours to be eligible to claim, unless the delay is due to 'extraordinary circumstances'. These circumstances are issues which could not be avoided by the airline when all reasonable measures have been taken such as the maintenance of the plane.

You can also now make a claim if the airline delayed or cancelled your flight due to a technical fault. This claim can put forward even if your flight was up to 6 years ago. Previously, this claim could not be made as technical faults came under 'exceptional circumstances' which prevented passengers from making a claim.

Thinking of making a claim?

If you're on a flight which leaves from an EU airport, EU law, allows you to make a claim once your flight has been delayed for over 3 hours. The amount of compensation that you are entitled to is dependent on the length of your flight. Being delayed for more than 4 hours on a long distance flight can increase the amount of compensation you allowed to claim.

To find out more call us on: 0845 603 6544

If you're thinking of claiming compensation on your delayed flight or are just seeking some legal advice and support in regards to your delayed flight then contact us today. Contact us at the LawStore for your simple path to compensation.

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