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Ryanair confident of defening Swedish compensation claim

5th November 2008 - 05:44 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Ryanair, Europe's largest low fares airline, today (4th Nov) said it was disappointed that it will have to wait until February to defend itself against claims of ‘compensation infringements' in Sweden after a case was deferred due to problems with an interpreter.

Ryanair believes that it will win the case, which is almost identical to a recent German case which dismissed a passenger's compensation claim after Ryanair was forced to cancel a flight due to unsafe weather conditions.

Ryanair, who have been repeatedly wrongly blacklisted in Sweden in relation to similar cases, highlighted that the German court's decision clearly establishes that airlines cannot be held responsible for passenger delays and cancellations which are caused by bad weather.

The German court found that bad weather prevented Ryanair from landing safely and represented extraordinary circumstances which were beyond the control of the airline under EU261 regulations and Ryanair is confident that the same conclusion will be reached in Sweden.


Ryanair's Stephen McNamara said:

"We have been looking forward to this case for many months as it will provide a clear judgement on the provision of passenger compensation in accordance with EU261 legislation, which is often misrepresented or ignored in Sweden. The decision of the German court, in a case almost identical to this, was in accordance with the provisions of EU261. We understand that cancelled flights can be frustrating; however, Ryanair's number one priority must always be the safety of our passengers, crew and aircraft.

In the Swedish case bad weather made it unsafe to land and we had no alternative but to cancel the return flight. We welcome this chance to defend this action as we are confident that the findings of the Swedish courts will confirm that EU261 compensation claims do not arise in cases where bad weather forces airlines to put passenger safety ahead of passenger convenience."

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