Ryanair Says No to Strike Cancellation Compensation

By Gary Cutlack on at

This week's Ryanair strike that saw as many as 600 flights cancelled across Europe and perhaps 100,000 travellers having their flights axed is not the end of the nightmare for company bosses, as it's now embroiled in a battle to avoid having to pay out compulsory compensation to all 100,000 binned-off passengers.

EU law says there should be a €250 (£222) compensation paid to fliers when their short-haul flights are cancelled at short notice, although Ryanair is thought to be citing a further EU rule that says under "extraordinary circumstances" this can be avoided. Ryanair quotes the legislation as saying that if "...the union is acting unreasonably and totally beyond the airline's control" it can get out of paying any compensation. Hence it says the union was being unreasonable, so no compensation for anyone.

However, the Civil Aviation Authority seems to be on the side of the passengers already, and explained: "...it is the view of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, taking account of previous court rulings, that when a flight cancellation is caused by strike action by the airline's employees, the airline is required to pay compensation to passengers in respect of the cancellation of the flight, if it has not warned passengers of the cancellation at least two weeks prior to the scheduled time of departure."

All passengers have been rebooked or offered refunds, though, so it's maybe a bit cheeky to expect a bonus little lump sum as well for the inconvenience. [Sky News]