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ELFAA challenge to unreasonable Passenger Compensation Legislation reaches European Court of Justice

The European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA) today gave evidence to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which challenges EU Regulation on Air Passenger Compensation for denied boardings…

The European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA) today gave evidence to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) which challenges EU Regulation on Air Passenger Compensation for denied boardings, long delays and cancellations. The Regulation was already under reference to the ECJ when it came into force on 17 February this year. ELFAA was represented by the Brussels office of Covington and Burling.



Commenting today, Stefan Vilner – President of ELFAA and Commercial Director of Sterling said: Although ELFAA fully supports legislation which actually benefits the consumer and also firmly believes that airlines should compensate passengers when they are at fault, this Regulation forces airlines to pay in cases that are not their fault. As a result, this Regulation will do very little if anything to reduce the number of long delays and flight cancellations effecting passengers since the vast majority of causes are outside of the control of airlines. Making airlines bear the costs of these delays will therefore not reduce the numbers of delays and cancellations but will also ultimately be denied the choice of having low fares as the cost of air transport will rise and certain routes prone to delays may be cancelled.



In addition, Europe has a fair and balanced procedure for deciding legislation which not only takes the views of Governments into account but also the views of the people of Europe through the European Parliament whose members have been elected by the people themselves. In the case of this Regulation, however, there appears to have been a serious infringement of this balanced and democratic procedure which we take very seriously.



We have made our case today and look forward to the Court`s decision.

Theodore Koumelis
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