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Airlines to compensate flight delays?

Posted by: 2UE | 1 February, 2013 - 10:21 AM
Do we really need a second airport for Sydney?

Fears ticket prices will soar if Australian airlines are forced to pay compensation to passengers when their flights are delayed.

A landmark court ruling in Europe has found travellers are entitled to cash compensation - unless their flight is delayed by 'extraordinary circumstances .

If the same happens here, it could be a multi-million dollar blow to Australian airlines.

Should passengers expect delays? Paul Murray on safety concerns and adequate compensation.


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The European Court of Justice has ordered Irish budget airline Ryanair to compensate passengers whose travel plans were thrown into chaos by the 2010 eruption of an Icelandic volcano, in a ruling with implications for the entire industry.

The airline immediately warned that ticket prices even for budget travellers will rise to offset costs from any future extreme events that the company previously considered to be ‘‘acts of God’’ for which it was not financially responsible.

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  • Delays are often caused by safety concerns, lets not roll the dice on safety.

    James W Friday 1 February, 2013 - 3:06 PM

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