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.
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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