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15 March 2013 14:19
Delayed air travellers are to get new rights under strict new EU measures
New rules proposed by the European Commission will give air passengers the right to disembark from a plane if it has been stood waiting on the tarmac for five hours.
If the plans are approved by EU transport ministers and MEPs, airlines would also be legally required to provide information on airport delays or cancellations no later than 30 minutes after the plane was due to depart. They would also have to operate a more effective complaints procedure under the proposals, including acknowledging receipt of the complaint within one week and providing a formal reply within two months. The new rules are not likely to become law until 2014.
EU officials say the failure to respond to correspondence from disgruntled passengers is one of the biggest complaints about the existing air traveller rights rules, introduced eight years ago. Airport hassles highlight the importance of taking out
travel insurance, which covers passengers for delays and cancellations. EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said: "It is very important that passenger rights do not just exist on paper. We all need to be able to rely on them when it matters most - when things go wrong."
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
A holiday price increase of 10% on trips to Europe could cause tourists to postpone their getaways next year, experts are warning.
18 November 2016
British citizens will no longer be able to travel freely to Europe without paying a "travel tax" or filling in visa forms under plans unveiled by Brussels.
17 November 2016
London mayor Sadiq Khan has signalled his support for a legal challenge to the expansion of Heathrow airport.