Posts Tagged ‘ EU Commission ’

Yet another airline price rise?

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By

On Wednesday, the European Court of Justice decided that all airlines flying in and out of the EU would have to pay for carbon emissions from January 1st next year. Make a wild guess who’ll end up paying?



Giving Travellers More Consumer Rights

Jul 10th, 2010 | By

You will know that the EU legislated some time ago so that you have redress against delays and cancellations when you fly. Those of you booking package holidays (where the flight and accommodation parts are sold as a package) have long been protected by the ATOL bonding scheme.
Now the EU has legislated to improve those who us who take cruises, travel on ferries or spend time on inland waterways. Attempts were made to expand the legislation to cover other transport forms that travellers use such as bus and coach but this hasn’t happened so they will still be less well protected than the rest of us.
Don’t get too excited though. It may take up to 2 years for the legislation to become law.



FlyGlobespan Collapse Will Hit Scottish Holidaymakers

Dec 17th, 2009 | By

Regular readers can stop reading right now if they don’t want to hear me talk again about providing an adequate safety net for passengers outside the ATOL bonding scheme.

As you probably all know by now, those passengers who bought a package holiday under the Globespan name are probably protected under the ATOL system. Those of you who bought just a flight with a credit card (not a debit card)and paid more than £100 may be able to claim a refund from the credit card providers. The rest of you, I’m afraid, will probably be out of pocket. And for those of you who are covered then you still have the hassle and probable expense of rebooking with another carrier if there is availability. To check your position, see www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx?catid=1985&pagetype=90.

The collapse of the Globespan group will hit Scotland particularly badly.



Rail Passengers’ Rights

Dec 10th, 2009 | By

A few years ago the EU introduced new right for airline passengers concerned lost or damaged baggage and delayed flights. Those travelling by sea, rail or coach had limited protection but that is changing,. First on the list for change is the rail passenger. A new regulation that came into being this week has given wider protection to the 8 billion passengers who use railways throughout Europe in any year. Of course, the problem with European legislation is that each country has the right to request that some of the rules may be deferred because of local conditions. The bad news is that if any country goes down this track, (sorry about the pun) it could delay things for up to 15 years. (Why such a long time?)



EU Consults on Travel Protection

Nov 26th, 2009 | By

Starting today, the EU will consult with the travel industry over the next 8 weeks before coming up with new proposals on giving greater protection to travellers.



Airlines and Misleading Advertising

May 19th, 2009 | By

A couple of years ago there was a justified outcry about the way certain airlines advertised their products. Free seats turned out not to be free because taxes and surcharges were added. The EU stepped in with legislation and it became more transparent but it took a while for it to happen.Now the EU has completed a review of how it has changed and how transparent airline pricing is. 115 websites out of the 137 that the EU looked at have changed. 52 airlines have
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