Emirates seeks legal advice after court ruling on flight delays

The European Commission (EC)’s 261 law of 2004 entitles each passenger whose flight is delayed to up to £540 ($700) of compensation. However, non-EU carriers including Emirates, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines, American Airlines and Turkish Airlines have claimed for years that the legislation does not apply to long-haul flights with connections at EU airports.

The UK Court of Appeal on Friday ruled in favour of a passenger who had brought a case against Emirates. The Dubai-based carrier, along with three other non-EU airlines, had argued that if the second missed connecting flight was outside the European bloc, they were not liable to pay compensation.

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However, Emirates hinted it would seek to challenge the decision. An Emirates spokesperson said: “We are very disappointed by the Court of Appeal’s ruling in relation to the application of EC261 on our flights from the UK involving a stopover in Dubai, and are currently seeking legal advice on our options.”

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