BATA responds to Supreme Court air passenger compensation decision

October 31st, 2014

Commenting on today’s Supreme Court decision to refuse applications to appeal decisions in two cases about the liability of airlines to pay compensation after travel delays, Nathan Stower, the Chief Executive of the body representing UK airlines, the British Air Transport Association (BATA), said:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is both surprising and disappointing.  UK airlines support the principle of passenger protection and always meet their legal obligations. However, the rules should be clear, affordable and proportionate for the sake of passengers and airlines. The current system fails those tests and this decision will further increase costs which ultimately are borne by all passengers.

“Vital reform of the EU regulation has recently stalled in Brussels due to disagreements between the Spanish and UK governments over Gibraltar. These differences must now be urgently resolved to allow the necessary reforms to proceed.”




31st October 2014