Wednesday, March 13, 2013

EC Proposes Revisions to Air Passenger Rights Regulations

The European Commission has released a plan to revise the EU's existing passenger rights regulations. Perhaps the most crucial element of the new proposal is the attempt to clarify a number of the ambiguities in Regulation 261/2004. The Court of Justice for the European Union has over the past few years repeatedly had to clarify the existing rules with regard to matters such as delays on connecting flights or the meaning of extraordinary circumstances. The aviation industry has been largely unhappy with the resulting uncertainty as well as many of the CJEU's pro-passenger clarifications, and thus far is giving mixed reviews to the proposed changes.

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