Wednesday 16 April 2014

Travellers get break with new EU laws

Louise McBride

IF you're planning to jet off to the sun this year, you'll be happy to hear that EU lawmakers are pushing to bolster your rights

Earlier this month, the European Parliament called for stricter rules to make it easier for holidaymakers to claim compensation from airlines if they're stranded abroad.

It called for a ban on 'no-show' clauses in tickets – where airlines often cancel the return leg of a flight when a passenger does not turn up for the outward flight.

There are also plans to force airlines to compensate customers who miss connecting flights because their previous flight was late.

The new rules, however, will limit the amount of time airlines must provide accommodation to stranded passengers in the event of long-running problems, such as the volcanic ash cloud of 2010. Right to accommodation in such instances will be limited to five days.

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