Brexit travel: ‘Slight change’ to passenger rights hailed as ‘great news’ for Britons

Brexit travel: ‘Slight change’ to passenger rights hailed as ‘great news’ for Britons

Though there have been concerns about the loss of passenger airline rights under EU law after Brexit, it seems Britons will be protected moving forward. When the UK departs the EU on December 31, travellers will maintain their current rights in the event of refunds and delays.

“This is great news for British travellers as they can rest assured knowing that they are protected if they face flight disruption which is not out of the ordinary post-Brexit.”

This slight amendment to the way in which Britons are paid will mean they do not have to battle with unfavourable exchange rates.

“While we do sympathise with airlines, with the travel industry being one of the worst-hit as a result of COVID-19, it’s great to see more flights take to the skies again,” continued Mr Benson.

“And as people are planning and looking forward to holidays in 2021, it is good for people to have the same level of protection as they did before once the UK leaves the EU.”

Currently, travellers are entitled to compensation if their flight arrived at its destination three or more hours late.

In the event of a cancellation, they can claim compensation is a passenger if notified less than1 4 days prior to departure.

If an airline has overbooked the flight, or if a passenger has missed their connection resulting in a lost journey, they are also entitled to claim.

The amount they receive, however, depends upon the distance the plane journey was due to travel.

For short distance flight delays, classified as anything less than 1,500km, passengers are due €250 (£226) compensation.

In the case of medium distance flight delays, classed as anything between 1,500km and 3,500km, passengers are entitled to €400 (£362) compensation.

Long distance flight delays, classed as anything over 3,500km, will allow passengers to claim €600 (£543) compensation.

Published at Tue, 08 Dec 2020 21:01:00 +0000