There are two major court cases which are still ongoing that stand to affect a large proportion of flight delay compensation claims here in the UK: One is Huzar v Jet2.com and the other is Dawson v Thomson Airways.
Both cases were heard at the Court of Appeal in May this year and in both cases, judges found in favour of the passenger. The airlines have however decided to challenge these decisions.
In July, Jet2.com and Thomson Airways each submitted applications to the Supreme Court, asking for permission to appeal the judgments.
A panel of three judges will read written submissions from both sides and decide whether or not the airlines will be given the chance to appeal the judgments. The Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision by early November.
If the airlines do get permission to appeal, there will be a full hearing at the Supreme Court in the first half of 2015, with a judgment announced a few weeks after. If the airlines do not get permission to appeal then the judgments from the earlier hearings will stand.
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In July, Judges in the Huzar case ruled that technical problems are not considered an ‘extraordinary circumstance’ and therefore airlines must still pay compensation when a long delay is caused by a technical problem. In the same month, Judges in the Dawson case ruled that UK consumers have six years to bring a flight delay claim.
For further details see the Supreme Court website.