Following the recent Ryanair and Monarch fiascos, it’s highly likely that you, a close friend or a family member will have been affected by the disruption caused by both airlines. I certainly do!
And as a keen traveller who takes several flights a year, I have been glued to the TV as more information surrounding both the Monarch Airline collapse and Ryanair administration blunder are brought to light!
If you didn’t already know, earlier this month, Monarch Airlines announced that they had no other option but to call in the administrators. Around about exactly the same time, budget airline Ryanair warned 315,000 passengers that their flights would be axed due to a major administration blunder!
I decided to take it upon myself to get the lowdown when it comes to establishing your cancelled flight compensation rights.
Can you claim compensation for your cancelled Ryanair flight?
Although thousands of passengers have missed out on dream holidays, important meetings and special events, Ryanair has assured all passengers affected by their blunder that they will be able to claim compensation. I even read in the news that a couple had missed their wedding day due to the blunder!
And this is how it will work.
If you are told that your short haul flight is cancelled less than 7 days before you travel, you can claim up to 250 euros per person. For medium haul flights that amount increases to 400 euros.
Can you claim compensation for your cancelled Monarch flight?
According to a reliable news source, an estimated 110,000 Monarch customers have already been flown home and the Government has promised to bring all stranded passengers back to the UK.
If your flight or package holiday was booked with First Aviation Ltd trading, as Monarch Airlines, on or before the 14th December 2016, your booking will be ATOL protected. This means that you will be able to claim compensation.
However, things might not be ‘plane’ sailing for every passenger as a statement on the Monarch website states that: “Customers who booked flights directly with Monarch Airlines from 15 December 2016 onwards are not ATOL protected and are not entitled to make a claim to the CAA.”
Obviously both fiascos have not been far from the media spotlight so no doubt there will be more revelations in the coming weeks – watch this space!