The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that they will be supporting Jet2.com in the battle against Mr Ron Huzar. The case has been ongoing for over 3 years, as Mr Huzar originally filed for flight delay compensation after experiencing a 27-hour flight delay on his way back from Manchester in October 2011. Mr Huzar was rightfully claiming his €400 flight compensation which according to EC Regulation 261/2004, should legally be granted to him. Jet2.com appealed the decision made at the European Courts of Justice, which meant that the case was later heard at the Court of Appeal. In June 2013, Court of Appeal judges were found in favour of My Huzar and summoned Jet2.com to pay the flight delay compensation. The judges ruled that technical problems on board an aircraft cannot be classified as an extraordinary circumstance. However, Jet.com appealed the decision once again and so the case has been adjourned for the Supreme Court to assess.
IATA is the global trade association for the airline industry. It comprises of 240 member airlines (consisting primarily of major carriers), which as a collective group carry approximately 84% of air traffic. The key role of IATA is to support airline activity and to help formulate industry policies and standards. IATA filed submissions supporting Jet2.com’s application to the Supreme Court, which shows that the airline industry have joined forces in the hope that the Supreme Court side with Jet2.com over Mr Huzar. The courts have been in favour of Mr Huzar for the two previous cases, but this appeal will be the airline’s final attempt. The IATA even state on their website that their “mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry”, so by backing Jet2.com IATA is ‘serving the airline’ industry but is in turn denying consumer rights.
Air Transport News: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has already agreed to intervene in support of Jet2.com at the Court of Appeal hearing. The verdict is going to have a major impact on the flight delay compensation industry, as there are thousands of similar claims currently on hold awaiting the decision. These claims are all against airlines under EU Regulation 261/2004 for long delays caused by aircraft technical problems. If the Court of Appeal chooses to favour Mr Huzar over Jet2.com it will be brilliant news for passengers with pending claims. If you would like to claim compensation for a delay, contact a flight delay refunds company such as Blueway Limited. Blueway will be able to provide you with help, advice, support and guidance throughout the entire claims process. By cooperating with a flight delay refunds company, your claim will be taken much more seriously compared to if you were to claim independently. Blueway will be able to keep you up-to-date with the status of your claim, as a highly qualified team of professionals will be managing the claim from start to finish. Don’t delay, contact Blueway today!