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Ryanair loses contractual time limit appeal

01-September-2015
01-September-2015 17:39
in Aviation and Travel
by Christopher Loxton

On 21 August 2015, judgment was handed down in Goel & Baweja v Ryanair Ltd concerning the definitions of ‘damages’ in Ryanair’s T&Cs and ‘compensation’ in Regulation 261/2004.  

Whilst it was an unsurprising judgment in respect of that issue, following on from the county court decisions in Drew v Ryanair [2015] and Vergara v Ryanair [2014], what is of particular note to practitioners is HHJ Platts’s finding that Ryanair’s clause mandating that claims be brought within two years of arrival at destination infringed article 15 of Regulation 261/2004 and therefore could not be relied upon.  The appeal also raised an interesting procedural point about the European Small Claims Procedure. 

See detailed article by Christopher Loxton of 4KBW, Chambers of Lawrence Power, analysing the judgment and what it may mean for airlines. 

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