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It has been an expensive few weeks for the airline industry:
As a result of this ruling by the Supreme Court, the Telegraph reports that there could now be up to two million compensation claims every year in the UK for flight delays (worth an estimated £876 million).
In addition, there could be some £4 billion in historic claims from passengers. This is a big figure, particularly when you put it in the context of government spending overall for transport (£23 billion in 2013) or defence (£38 billion in 2013).
The Daily Mail has hailed the judgment as a victory for passengers, noting that airline Jet2 has already put aside £17 million to cover flight delay claims.
Even the Money Advice Service, the independent statutory body for improving consumer's understanding of financial matters, has been flagging up the fact that airline customers may be able to claim compensation:
As a result, airlines are having to start to respond to customer claims. They will undoubtedly have a lot of work to do:
Last week, we interviewed Andrew Cooper, of Owens Cooper Consulting Ltd, asking him how the Supreme Court's decision to refuse permission to appeal in the two cases will affect airlines and passengers. He examined the court's reasoning and considered what this means for the future of flight delay compensation claims.
Here's what he had to say:
While both related to aspects of flight delay compensation arising from the Cancellation and Delay Regulation (Regulation (EC) 261/2004), they were on quite different issues:
This case related to a question of the definition of 'extraordinary circumstances'. In pa
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