Passengers to be compensated for advanced flights of more than an hour – Business Traveler


The highest court in the European Union has ruled that passengers in Europe are entitled to compensation if their flights are delayed by more than an hour.

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

He acknowledged that such scenarios “can cause serious inconvenience to passengers, as well as delay”, as passengers may have to significantly adapt their plans or even miss the flight due to the change in departure time.

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

In such cases, air carriers are required to pay compensation of € 250 to € 600 depending on the distance of the flight, with a 50% reduction if the airline offers rerouting so that the passenger can arrive at their final destination without delay. . .

Compensation for flights advanced by more than an hour will be the same amount as that due for a cancellation or delay, although there is no right to reduce the amount by 50 percent as follows. above.

The case has been brought to the CJEU by Austrian and German courts concerning flights operated by Azurair, Corendon Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings and Laudamotion.

For more details, see the court judgment here.


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