The disgruntled couple from Linköping in central Sweden won the settlement Friday at the Norrköping district court, with the case lawyer explaining that the Irish airline had agreed on a settlement to avoid a judgment that would set a precedent.
“They are afraid that the court would rule in our favour. The fact that Ryanair wins in the Court of Appeal and then decided to settle in the Supreme Court is really weird,” said Daniel Karfs, lawyer at the Swedish consumer ombudsman (Konsumentombudsmannen, KO) to the TT news agency.
“Then they are afraid that it will become a a judgment that would set a precedent. It’s like running a marathon and giving up 200 metres from the end.”
The couple was in Belgium, when their Ryanair flight home from Brussels to Skavsta in Stockholm was cancelled by the airline and the couple was forced to make alternative arrangements to get home.
The unhappy travellers filed for compensation soon after, but it took six years before a satisfactory result was achieved.
Two years ago, the KO said they would take the case to the Supreme Court after Ryanair offered to pay 15,000 kronor to the couple, but the KO insisted on taking it to court.