Mr Hans-Peter Mayer, the Member of the European Parliament and the rapporteur of Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection has prepared a draft opinion on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 261/2004. In the opinion, dated 17 September 2013, the rapporteur proposes to limit the waiting time in the event of a tarmac delay to two hours. For journeys of up to 3 500 km and flights within the EU, in case of delay of at least three hours, the passenger should be entitled to a maximum compensation payment of €250 per flight. The second category is concerned with flights of 3 500 km or longer and for these, claims of up to €600 should be possible for delay of at least five hours. In the event of no-fault delays and cancellations, airlines should be required to bear the cost of a maximum of three nights at a hotel, with a ceiling of €150 per night. According to the rapporteur, the amount proposed by the Commission seems too small in the case of some destinations, particularly with regard to the need to spend the night near the airport because of a possible further flight. The link to a draft opinion is here.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Air passengers' rights must be tightened up to stop airlines abusing an "extraordinary circumstances" clause to avoid paying them compensation for delays or denied boarding, said MEPs during debate (16 September) of Transport Committee on a European Commission proposal to recast the rules. Rapporteur Georges Bach (EPP, LU) suggested that passengers should be entitled to €300 compensation after just 3 hours' delay on intra-European-flights. More information available in the press release here and video film here.