Air passengers can claim if the flight is advanced – EU Court

Passengers board a flight at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, France, October 1, 2021. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

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BRUSSELS, Dec.21 (Reuters) – Passengers in Europe are entitled to compensation not only if their flights are delayed but also if they are advanced by more than an hour, the EU’s highest court ruled on Tuesday .

Under EU rules, passengers can claim damages if their flights are canceled less than 14 days before departure or arrive more than three hours late or if they are denied boarding due to ‘overbooking.

Compensation, ranging from 250 to 600 euros ($ 282.38 – $ 677.70), depends on the distance of the flight, with a possible reduction of 50% if the airline offers in advance to reroute the passenger in order to that he only arrives a few hours late.

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that a flight should be considered canceled if it was advanced by more than an hour.

The judges ruled that passengers could experience the same degree of inconvenience as a delay, have to adapt their plans and even potentially miss the flight.

Compensation should also be the same as that due in case of cancellation or delay, without the right to reduce the amount by 50% on the grounds that it has offered to re-route a passenger so that they arrive at the destination without delay. final.

Airlines can still offer to re-route passengers if they do so well in advance.

The court also found that a passenger has a “confirmed reservation” not only if he has a ticket, but also if a tour operator, through which the passenger booked, has provided transport insurance on particular flights. .

The case has been brought to the CJEU by Austrian and German courts concerning flights operated by Azurair, Corendon Airlines, the subsidiaries of Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) Austrian Airlines and Eurowings, as well as Laudamotion, now owned by Ryanair (RYA. I).

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Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop

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