Ryanair refuses to compensate for cancelled flights

Ryanair refused to pay for cancelled flight in a recent move that angered holiday makers whose flights were cancelled with no fore-warning. Europe regulations state that an airline has to notify cancelled flights ahead of time, 2 weeks before the actual flight was to take place.

A Ryanair spokesperson explained the decision: ‘Ryanair fully complies with all EU261 legislation, however as these flight cancellations were caused by extraordinary circumstances, no compensation is due.

“Under EU261 legislation, no compensation is payable when the union is acting unreasonably and totally beyond the airline’s control.”

However, the Civil Aviation Authority said passengers “have the right to seek compensation under EU legislation when flights are delayed by three hours or more, cancelled or when they are denied boarding.”


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