Ryanair humiliated in court over volcanic ash cloud refunds

Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, have lost the latest round of their attempt to avoid paying passengers compensation for accommodation and meal costs following the volcanic ash disruption in 2010.

Advocate general of the European Court of Justice Yves Bot said yesterday that airlines were obliged to pay the costs incurred by passengers whose flights were disrupted by “extraordinary events” like the 2010 Icelandic volcano.

Ryanair had argued that such events were so extraordinary airlines should not be expected to pay the costs. What a load of drivel Ryanair. Climb back into your hovel and shut it.

If the opinion is followed by the full court, as the majority of such opinions are, it will have implications for the airline industry throughout Europe. EU law obliges airlines to provide passengers with care and assistance, including hotel accommodation, when flights are cancelled by events beyond their control.

More importantly, it will force Ryanair to pay the f**k up. Specifically in the case of Denise McDonagh, from Terenure, Dublin, after she was stranded in Faro, Portugal, on April 17th of that year due to the cancellation of her flight. She was unable to return until April 24th. She sued Ryanair in the Dublin Metropolitan District Court for €1,129, the costs she incurred as a result of the cancellation.

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