Clare Moody, Labour Candidate for the European elections in the South West, says: “Labour MEPs can deliver better protection and enforcement of rights for individuals.”
Labour MEPs on Wednesday voted for more rights for airline passengers. These include new rights for passengers who have been denied boarding, been subject to long delays, or have misspelt names on their tickets, and legislation to stop airlines avoiding paying compensation for delays by claiming the problem was outside their control.
Brian Simpson MEP, Labour’s European transport spokesperson and chair of the European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee, said:
"As Britain is part of the EU, people in the UK are already covered by a range of rights when flying in Europe but at the moment just 2% of passengers who are entitled to compensation actually get it. That’s why Labour is supporting further improvements to the law, to protect passengers and make sure everyone knows what they’re entitled to.
"Many people come up against a brick wall when making a claim for compensation because the airlines argue they are not responsible for the delay or flight cancellation, which is why Labour's MEPs are voting to make sure airlines no longer have any excuse.
"We are also supporting changes to the compensation rules, which will mean passengers delayed by just three hours will be able to claim compensation, and we want to make sure that passengers who don't use an outbound ticket are not prevented from using the return leg."
Clare Moody, Labour Candidate for the European elections in the South West, added: “The EU already provides a range of rights for people taking flights in Europe but today’s vote is about closing the loopholes that airlines use to avoid paying out compensation. This shows, yet again, that working through the EU Labour MEPs can deliver better protection and enforcement of rights for individuals against airlines who chose profits over treating people fairly.”