Swedish couple wins Ryanair court case

A Swedish couple has received a 36,000 kronor ($5,450) payout from budget airline Ryanair after being left stranded in Brussels in 2006 and forced to make their own way home.

Swedish couple wins Ryanair court case

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.

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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