European Court of Justice ruling to affect future claims for flight delay compensation

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said it has agreed with the Supreme Court´s ruling that technical problems which cause delayed flights or cancelled flights are the responsibility of the operating airline.

This means that airlines cannot use technical problems as an excuse not to pay flight delay compensation claims.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has agreed with the Supreme Court´s ruling that technical problems which cause delayed flights or cancelled flights are the responsibility of the operating airline. This means that airlines cannot use technical problems as an excuse not to pay flight delay compensation claims.

KLM had attempted to argue that any spontaneous technical fault should be deemed to be an extraordinary circumstance, so allowing an airline to avoid paying flight delay compensation to passengers. The ECJ is a higher court than the Supreme Court and so this decision opens up the way for hundreds of thousands of people to proceed with their flight delay compensation claims.

Thousands of passengers owed delayed and cancelled flight compensation have had their cases put on hold pending this decision. Airlines should no longer be able to avoid pay claims of up to €600 for flights delayed more than 3 hours or cancelled as required by the EU regulations.