Derek Vaughan MEP

Working hard for Wales in Europe

Welsh MEP pushes for stronger rights for air passengers

Welsh Labour’s Derek Vaughan MEP has voted for more rights for airline passengers.

These include new rights for passengers who have been denied boarding, been subject to long delays, or have misspelt names on their tickets, and legislation to stop airlines avoiding paying compensation for delays by claiming the problem was outside their control.

Mr Vaughan said:

"As Britain is part of the EU, people in the UK are already covered by a range of rights when flying in Europe but at the moment just 2% of passengers who are entitled to compensation actually get it. That’s why Labour is supporting further improvements to the law, to protect passengers and make sure everyone knows what they’re entitled to.

Many people in Wales have come up against a brick wall when making a claim for compensation because the airlines argue they are not responsible for the delay or flight cancellation, which is why Labour's MEPs are voting to make sure airlines no longer have any excuse.

We are also supporting changes to the compensation rules, which will mean passengers delayed by just three hours will be able to claim compensation, and we want to make sure that passengers who don't use an outbound ticket are not prevented from using the return leg." 

Mr Vaughan added:

"We are also working with David Blunkett MP to strengthen the rights of disabled passengers and passengers with reduced mobility.

We need to make sure that EU law works for passengers, protecting and enforcing their rights and preventing airlines from abdicating their responsibilities."

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