Flight Delay Compensation Test Case

August 7, 2015

Simon Murray was instructed by Bott & Co to represent the claimants in a test case which could see Ryanair passengers claim up to £610m in compensation for delayed flights. The case (Goel & Trivedi v Ryanair), brought by two passengers at Manchester County Court, aims to ensure compensation can be claimed within six years of a flight. 

Ryanair argues that by accepting its terms and conditions when they buy a ticket, passengers agree they only have two years to take a claim to court. However the Supreme Court ruling in Dawson v Thomson Airways in October 2014 clarified passengers in England and Wales have six years to take a claim to court.

The decision stands to affect around 2.26 million passengers and potentially total around £610m in compensation, calculated on the basis that on average two per cent of flights are delayed.

The ruling has been reserved for two weeks.

The case received coverage in the Manchester Evening News and the Mirror Online.