You’ve been waiting all year for your annual holiday.  Two weeks of sun, sea and sand.  What could be better?

But what happens when your dream holiday turns out to be more of a nightmare before it’s even began?

Hours of delays and waiting around in hot airport waiting areas when you should be sunbathing by the pool. 

So can you do anything about it? 

Following a landmark case in 2013, you can now claim holiday compensation from your airline for delays of more than three hours. 

Jeff and Joyce Halsall, took on holiday giants Thomas Cook following a 22 hour delay on their flight.  The claim was initially rejected by a judge who decided that the delay, caused by a mechanical fault, was an ‘extraordinary circumstance’ beyond the airlines control.  

Undeterred, Mr Halsall, 58, appealed against the decision and won.  A judge at Stoke-on-Trent County Court awarded 800 euros (£680) in compensation, plus legal expenses.

The airlines then took up the gauntlet and tried again to get out of paying compensation to passengers on delayed flights by arguing “technical difficulties” should amount to “extraordinary circumstances”. 

In May 2014 the case of Huzar v was heard at the Court of Appeal and the court rejected this argument again, describing technical faults as ‘inherent in the running of an airline’ and as such cannot be considered extraordinary.

Since then there have been a number of successful high profile cases against airlines, which have seen passengers awarded compensation following flight delays.  These recent cases have helped to clarify the law over compensation from airlines for delays of more than three hours.  

So if you have been on a flight in the last six years which has been delayed by more than three hours, you could actually be entitled to compensation.  Contact Mike Cattermole at Sweeney Miller Solicitors on Tel: 0191 5682050 to find out more.







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