As we wrote last week, all flyers into/out of Canada stand to benefit from a new set of passenger rights. Well, it seems that July was a good month for airline passengers. Earlier in July, a court ruling expanded passenger rights in Europe, as well. European airlines are now responsible for compensating passengers (EU citizens or not) if their connecting flights are delayed or canceled—even if the connecting flight doesn’t depart from or arrive in Europe. Per Lonely Planet:
“The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled last week that EU airlines selling tickets to destinations beyond the EU must offer compensation to passengers if their connecting flight is delayed by more than three hours or cancelled, even if the delay is caused by another airline. Passengers can receive up to €600 ($700) in compensation. Until last week this protection applied to flights departing or arriving in Europe. But a landmark case has extended the legislation to cover connecting flights on partner airlines or codeshare flights outside the EU, even if the airline operating the second leg of the journey is a non-EU based carrier.”
More on passenger rights in Europe
As a refresher, the European Union’s EC 261 laws guide passenger rights when European airlines or airports are involved. Passenger rights in Europe were pretty generous before this ruling and may entitle you to more than you think if you’re delayed, bumped or canceled. So how do you know for sure what you’re entitled to? Here’s a little help:
- The EU’s step-by-step guide for flyers
- AirHelp’s guide (AirHelp will get you what you’re owed if you’re owed anything)
- Our own guide to passenger rights in Europe
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Question? If I book with British Airways can I avail myself of the European cancelation policy even though British Airways is using American Airlines for the trip ?