Further compensation claims due to delayed flights lift off

The Court of Appeal has ruled that Thomson Airways should compensate a passenger for an eight-hour delay he experienced on his Gatwick flight to the Dominican Republic in December 2006.

Thomson Airways had argued that it could refuse payouts for claims not brought to court within two years of the delay, due to a loophole in the law.  However, the Court has now ruled that flight delay claims are currently subject to the UK’s statute of limitations, which allows claims dating back six years.

This judgement, alongside the Huzar v Jet2.com judgment last week which ruled that compensation is payable if a technical fault delays a flight, are likely to lead to a spate of compensation claims taking off against the airlines.

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