Ryanair wins appeal on repatriation

A Swedish court ruled Wednesday that Irish low-cost airline Ryanair had no obligation to compensate a couple stranded in Brussels when one of its flights was cancelled due to heavy fog.

Ryanair wins appeal on repatriation

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.

“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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Ryanair flights grounded as pilots strike

Ryanair's pilots in Sweden went on strike on August 10th, with several flights cancelled at Skavsta.

Ryanair flights grounded as pilots strike
Ryanair flights cancelled on Friday at Skavsta Airport. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

Pilots in Ireland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands also joined the 24-hour strike over demands for a collective labour agreement and better working conditions and representation.

In Sweden, around 40 Ryanair pilots were striking until midnight between Friday and Saturday.

“Today our members are on strike to demand their rights. For decades Ryanair has refused their employees basic labour rights most employees on the labour market take for granted, but here a strike is necessary to show the airline that it no longer can avoid treating its employees in a dignified manner,” Martin Lindgren, President of the Swedish Pilots' Union, said in a statement.

Twenty-two flights which were due to depart or travel to Skavsta Airport south of Stockholm on Friday.

The airport usually welcomes around 700 travellers for the first few departures of the day, but on Friday morning the building was almost completely empty, news agency TT reported.

“We want to again apologize to customers affected by this unnecessary disruption and we ask the striking unions to continue negotiations instead of calling anymore unjustified strikes,” tweeted Ryanair.

Compensation can be claimed for some cancelled flights but it varies and depends on how much information was given in advance. For journeys under 1500km a maximum of €250 can be claimed (or €400 for flights between 1500 and 3,000km), but in the event that the airline directly warned passengers of their flight cancellation with 15 days' notice, there is no right to request economic compensation. More information can be found here