Published on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

IATA steps into Jet2 delay case

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is supporting's appeal bid against compensation for airline delays.

The association has applied to support Jet2's Supreme Court application in its case against 58 year old Stockport man Ron Huzar.

Huzar took legal action against after experiencing a 27-hour delay on his way back from Malaga to Manchester in October 2011, claiming he was entitled to €400 flight compensation for the loss of time and inconvenience caused under EU Regulation 261.

In June, Court of Appeal judges found in Mr Huzar's favour, ruling technical problems on board an aircraft are not an extraordinary circumstance and flight delay compensation must be paid.

Last month applied to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal the Court of Appeal judgment. 

IATA has now said it will file submissions supporting the carrier's application to the Supreme Court.

The Civil Aviation Authority has already applied to intervene in support of at the hearing.

David Bott, Senior Partner at flight delay specialist solicitor Bott & Co, said the move showed the airline industry was "joining forces and to deny consumers rights".

His firm said it is representing around 10,000 other passengers with claims against airlines under EU 261 for long delays caused by aircraft technical problems.

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    Airlines will have an audit from IATA or an approved audit agency. If their audit score is good, then it should be classified as extraordinary. Common sense should prevail as the data is there.

    By Pete Mac, Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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