Commentary

62 Extraordinary circumstances

CARRIERS vol 6(1)B
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62 Extraordinary circumstances

| Commentary

62 Extraordinary circumstances

Council Regulation (EC) 261/2004 permits a carrier to exonerate itself from liability to pay any compensation which may be required as a result of the cancellation/delay if it can prove that the cancellation or delay was caused by ‘extraordinary circumstances which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken’1. Recital 14 of the Regulation provides guidance on what may be considered an ‘extraordinary circumstance’, namely, political instability, meteorological conditions incompatible with the operation of the flight, security risks, unexpected flight safety shortcomings and strikes.

Whether the circumstances giving rise to a particular cancellation

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