Airlines ordered to pay out if flights are delayed: Victory for passengers who can claim for past six years

Jet2 and Thomson lose appeals against passenger delay compensationTwo families were left stranded for total of 33 hours and took them to courtAirlines tried to overturn compensation rulings at Supreme Court but failedRulings mean thousands more who have made claims likely to be paidExperts believe that millions of people may be able to sue tardy airlineBy

They have argued that delays caused by technical faults also count as extraordinary circumstances beyond their control. This frees them from any obligation to pay.

Holidaymakers who had claims rejected on these grounds took the airlines to the small claims courts and then to the Court of Appeal fake cartier bracelet.


James Dawson, 41, of Peterborough, can keep the 975 plus interest (a total of 1,488.73) that he was awarded from Thomson Airways after his flight with his wife from Gatwick to the Dominican Republic on Christmas Day 2006 was delayed six hours 26 minutes.

Thomson appealed the order for payment made by Judge Michael Yelton at Cambridge County Court on the grounds that it was outside the two year limitation period for claims under the 1999 Montreal Convention.

But Lord Justice Moore Bick unanimously agreed that claims can be made up to six years after the event under European law, and that Mr Dawson was just inside that limit. Solicitors Bott Co says decision affects more than 11m passengers.

The airline claimed a technical fault was 'unforeseeable' and they shouldn't have to pay compensation.

But the judges ruled the fault was not an 'extraordinary circumstance' and they must pay.

After his victory Mr Huzar said: 'I am absolutely delighted with the decision. After everything I have been through to get to this point it's a fantastic day.

'I always hoped that we would get a positive outcome and it's nice to get to this milestone. Mr Huzar received 940 compensation in total.

He said: 'I'm ecstatic that we've finally got there after three years.

'I think it's brilliant not only for me but for everyone out there claiming flight compensation cartier love bracelet knock off.

'I'm delighted not just for myself but for everyone else they have treated in this way.'

A separate ruling by the Supreme Court means that passengers will now be able to claim for delays dating back six years.

James Dawson, 41, took Thomson to Cambridge County Court after his compensation claim for a six and a half hour delay was rejected by the airline because it was more than two years old.

Mr Dawson who was stuck at Gatwick Airport before flying to the Dominican Republic in 2006 won cases in the county court and the Court of Appeal silver cartier love bracelet.

Yesterday the Supreme Court rejected Thomson's request to appeal.

Mr Dawson, from Peterborough, has now received 975 in compensation plus interest totalling 1,488.73.

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