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Ryanair is not alone in allegedly cheating passengers out of millions of euros in compensation for flight delays. According to UK consumer magazine Which?, Norwegian, Thomson and Emirates are among the worst offenders, along with British Airways.
Passengers flying from the EU or with an EU airline are entitled to €250 (1,500 km or less), €400 (more than 1,500 km within the EU) and €600 (all other flights between 1,500 and 3,500 km).
BA had 1,166 flights delayed by more than three hours last year and was advised by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority to pay up in 48 percent of cases.
One of the problems is that airlines in Europe have 28 get-out clauses when it comes to paying compensation for delays, including the catch-all “operational reasons”. However, there are several specialist agencies that can take up the case for individual passengers and push a claim for compensation directly with the airline, albeit taking a hefty commission in the process.
In the meantime, there is more trouble looming at BA this summer with the latest strike of cabin staff having started on Saturday, July 1.
Howard Beckett, Unite Assistant General Secretary, said that BA has penalised cabin staff who went on strike earlier this year and promised that the latest stoppage will last for 16 days.
He added: “Unite believes the divisive way British Airways has targeted striking members of cabin crew is unlawful. The airline should be under no illusion of Unite’s intent to pursue justice on behalf of its members all the way to the highest court in the land.”
There have been 26 days of strikes at BA since January cantered on pay differences between “mixed fleet” crew (those who joined BA after 2010) and longer-serving cabin crew. It remains to be seen how much disruption the current strike will have on BA’s European routes.
The United States, Russia and Brazil are not on a list of countries whose citizens are allowed to enter the EU when the block’s international borders reopen on Wednesday.
Things are gradually returning to normal at Nice airport, where 62 international flights will soon be possible and the full reopening of Terminal 2 is set for 1st of July.
As life slowly returns to normal in the Principality after the crisis, unfortunately so too are old traffic patterns.
Most of Europe reopened its doors to holidaymakers on Monday in the largest lifting of lockdown restrictions since the beginning of the pandemic.
Since Christmas weekend, train travellers have experienced random last minute cancellations of scheduled rail service, even as recently as yesterday. It's no surprise then that French train operator SNCF has warned of cancellations and delays over the New Year weekend. The latest disruption to services is not due to strike action, the most frequent cause, but because of "operational problems", SNCF said.
The interruption is due to start on Friday, December 30, and last through Monday, January 2. At such times, it’s the later services in the day, particularly the last scheduled trains, that are most likely to be cancelled, often without warning.
The last scheduled train service from Monaco to Nice Ville on December 31 is at 11:42 pm, arriving at 00:06 am on Sunday, January 1.