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Date published: 2005/02/17

The BBC says:

Air passengers who are unable to board their flights because of overbooking, cancellations or flight delays can now demand greater compensation.

New EU rules set compensation at between 250 euros (£173) and 600 euros, depending on the length of the flight.

The new rules will apply to all scheduled and charter flights, including budget airlines.

Airlines have attacked the legislation saying they could be forced to push prices higher to cover the extra cost.

Previously, passengers could claim between 150 euros and 300 euros if they had been stopped from boarding.

However, under the old regulations only scheduled flight operators were obliged to offer compensation in cases of overbooking and they did not have to offer compensation for flight cancellations.

A fine example of EU stupidity. The EU is pretending this is for the benefit of passengers but in reality this is for the benefit of the dreadful high-cost state airlines. It is ridiculous to expect that if you pay 10 euros for a flight you should be compensated 250 euros if something goes wrong. You should get exactly what you pay for, and most passengers on low-cost airlines understand this perfectly well. The obnoxious few will rub their hands with glee but in the end this will harm the interests of the vast majority of passengers.

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