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Ryanair wins appeal on repatriation

AFP · 26 May 2010, 15:29

Published: 26 May 2010 15:29 GMT+02:00

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The Svea Appeals Court ruled that Rune and Eva-Marie Brännström were only entitled to the 322 kronor ($41) they had paid for their tickets, which the carrier had already reimbursed.

"Ryanair has proven that the flight was cancelled due to extraordinary

circumstances," the court said.

The ruling overturned a lower court verdict ordering Ryanair to pay each of

them 2,325 kronor after a 2006 flight they had been booked on from Brussels to Stockholm was cancelled due to heavy fog.

Ryanair had offered them a new flight two days later and reimbursed their

tickets, but they received no other compensation and Ryanair did not offer to

pay for their meals or hotel.

The couple said they could not wait two days and made their own way home by taxi, train and rental car, paying for the trip themselves.

The appeals court on Wednesday said Ryanair would be compensated around 300,000 kronor in trial expenses.

"I am very disappointed with the appeals court verdict," Rune Brännström

told Swedish public radio.

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"The consequence will be that it will be considered correct behaviour for

airlines to dump their passengers. That's just not right," he said.

He said he and his wife were willing to take the case to Sweden's Supreme

Court and even to the European Union Court of Justice.

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Your comments about this article

16:22 May 26, 2010 by AirForceGuy
I see they have 'junk' lawsuits in Sweden too. That's such a waste of the court's time. Nowhere are airlines held liable for flights cancelled due to 'heavy fog'...
23:03 May 26, 2010 by chazza
This is why travel insurance was invented
08:39 May 27, 2010 by flintis
@ chazza

& the insurance companies no doubt claim "force majeure", as usual the little people can't win, to quote the almighty Charlie Dickens "the law's an ass"
09:20 May 27, 2010 by Britswedeguy
AirForceGuy - actually you're wrong, under European law airlines have to provide for stranded passenger regardless of the cause - they recently gave into this in the UK. Swedish courts don't have the best reputation for justice recently.
09:21 May 27, 2010 by J Jack
If you don't have flexibility or a contingency plan for any trip, even for a flat tire on the way to work, at least forewarn others who are dependent on your risky decisions. Otherwise, get insurance, duh, no brainer.
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