Justice Delayed: What does a county court's recent decision mean for flight compensations?
We shared with you earlier last month the sneaky way that airlines like Easyjet, Ryanair and Jet2 are circumventing the law. That story was not an unfamiliar one as more and more creative ways are found to get around flight compensations after flight delays. For example, last year Jet2 and Thomson two low-cost carriers based at the Leeds-Bradford Airport appealed to the supreme court. Their argument was that flights delayed by unforeseen technical difficulties should be considered under extraordinary circumstances. If the appeal had been accepted the carriers would be exempted from compensating passengers who were delayed due to technical difficulties with the aircraft. Fortunately for passengers, this appeal was refused by the supreme court.
However a select few carriers, which coincidentally includes Jet2, held out even after the refusal of the appeal. These carriers refused to pay out compensation until a case in the Netherlands was settled in European courts. Their hope being that after the case was settled the definition of an extraordinary circumstance would be clarified.
A county court judge recently ruled that Jet2.com cannot delay the compensation due to passengers for delayed flights. The Liverpool County Court Judge is quoted as saying, “a line should now be drawn. Justice delayed is justice denied.” With this ruling, it may now be time for compensation to be paid out to the many passengers who have suffered delays from airlines.
If you are such a passenger, you should check if you’re eligible here.