The Association of Passenger Rights Advocates (APRA) welcomed the bilateral agreement between the European Commission and European airlines, signed on 1 October, whereby 16 major airlines have committed to better information and timely reimbursement of passengers in case of flight cancellations, following dialogues with the European Commission and national consumer protection authorities. At least three airlines, including Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM), are already breaking their commitment.
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Airlines already breaking bilateral agreement with the European Commission
easyJet 25 years active at Schiphol: EUclaim shares numbers
Monday 6 April 2021 marked a milestone for easyJet. The British budget airline celebrated the 25th anniversary of the route between London Luton and Schiphol. This route was easyJet’s first international connection in 1996. Nowadays, easyJet has a base at Schiphol and EUclaim shares some interesting numbers about this.
Aviation sector much deeper into the red than expected
On Tuesday 24 November, the industry association IATA published a report on the aviation sector. The report shows that the global aviation sector will be in the red much deeper than expected in 2020. This is the result of the corona crisis and the faltering recovery of air traffic.
European green light for Boeing 737 MAX
The European aviation regulator EASA reports in an interview with the French newspaper La Tribune that the Boeing 737 MAX is expected to be allowed to fly again in Europe in January. This means that the flight ban will be lifted after 20 months.
Norwegian applies for bankruptcy protection
On Wednesday 18 November 2020, the airline Norwegian (DY) announced that it had filed for bankruptcy protection. In the absence of additional state aid from the Norwegian Government, the budget airline has been forced to take this step.
More travel restrictions due to coronavirus for passengers flying to SpainThe Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to advise against non-essential travel to the popular holiday destination Spain. Different airlines are responding in different ways concerning flights to Spain, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions continue.
EasyJet confirms closure of bases at London Stansted, Southend and New Castle
EasyJet has confirmed to close its base at London Stansted from September and will also close Southend and New Castle. In total 1900 jobs will be cut in the country and 4500 jobs in Europe.
Heavy rain caused little flight disruptions at Aberdeen Airport
The consequences of heavy rainfall have been better than expected last Wednesday August 12 at Aberdeen Airport. Despite the heavy rainfall, there were only a few flight disruptions.
Refunds for cancelled flights due to coronavirus too slow
Airlines are taking too long to refund passengers whose flights have been cancelled due to the coronavirus. According to consumer group Consumer association Which?, airlines are falling short of promises made to the CAA.
Heathrow Airport advocates for corona testing passengers from risk countries
London Heathrow Airport wants passengers from high-risk countries to be tested for the coronavirus before departure. How soon the testing can start depends on the government, but it could be up and running by September.