David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

Labour MEPs vote for stronger rights for air passengers

Scottish Labour MEP, David Martin, voted today in the European Parliament in Strasbourg 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.

David Martin, Labour MEP for Scotland, 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 Scotland 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."

David Martin MEP added:

"In addition to these and many other improvements, we are 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."

Today’s vote indicates the position the European Parliament has adopted and the changes it wants to see from the revised air passenger rights rules. The final changes to the legislation will be decided when the European Council adopts its position and negotiations between the Council and Parliament have been finalised.

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