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Ryanair To Increase EU261 Compensation Levy To €2.50 Following EU Court Ruling
23 February 2013 @ 14:29

Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC), today (11 Feb) announced it will increase the €2 EU261 levy to €2.50 per passenger for all bookings made from 1st March 2013 in order to fund an expected increase in its EU261 costs in “force majeure” cases where the airlines are clearly not responsible for delays or cancellations.
Ryanair regrets the recent decision of the European Court which now allows passengers to claim for flight cancellations which are clearly and unambiguously outside of an airline’s control and have made airlines the insurer of last resort, even when in the majority of cases (such as ATC delays or national strikes in Europe) these delays are entirely beyond an airline’s control. 
Ryanair also confirmed that if the EU261 regulations are reformed, to include an effective right of recovery clause and a non discriminatory “force majeure” clause then Ryanair will reduce and/or eliminate this levy altogether if Ryanair’s cancellation and delay costs reduce over the coming years.

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