Currently passengers whose flights are cancelled or significantly delayed are entitled to demand the reimbursement of an array of costs including food and accommodation under a regulation known as EU261. Ryanair is demanding that airlines be exempted from the obligation to pay compensation when events are outside their control. This would apply to extreme weather and strikes by outside organisations.
The airline said EU261 had cost more than £88 million last year, when it was forced to cancel 15 000 flights, hitting the journeys of 2.4 million of its passengers. In many cases the amount of compensation paid was far higher than the original price of the plane ticket.
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