British CAA has launched enforcement actions against Ryanair

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The British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today launched enforcement action against Ryanair for persistently misleading passengers with inaccurate information regarding their rights in respect of its recent cancellations.

Earlier this month, following Ryanair’s decision to cancel many thousands of flights, the UK CAA wrote to the Irish airline to clarify their legal obligations and sought assurances around how and when they would reroute passengers onto alternative flights.

The CAA told the airline to make a corrective public statement, to ensure customers were not misled and had accurate comprehensive information relating to their rights and entitlements.

Today, in announcing thousands more cancellations to its scheduled programme, the airline has again failed to provide customers with the necessary and accurate information relating to their passenger rights, particularly around rerouting and care and assistance entitlements, which includes expenses.

We have now told Ryanair that we are expediting enforcement action against them.

Separately, we are continuing to investigate the airline’s rerouting policy.

See the CAA Letter here.

© Bram Botterman

Commenting on the enforcement action, the Civil Aviation Authority’s Chief Executive, Andrew Haines, said:

There are clear laws in place, which are intended to assist passengers in the event of a cancellation, helping minimise both the frustration and inconvenience caused by circumstances completely out of their control.

We have made this crystal clear to Ryanair, who are well aware of their legal obligations, which includes how and when they should reroute passengers, along with the level of information it provides its passengers.  The information Ryanair published today again fails to make this clear.

In expediting our enforcement action we are seeking to ensure that Ryanair’s customers will receive the correct and necessary information, to make an informed choice about an alternative flight.

Enforcement action

In accordance with Part 8 of the Enterprise Act 2002, and during our consultation with the airlines, the CAA may seek legal undertakings from operators to ensure they change their policies and comply with the law.

Should an airline refuse to engage/agree to change their policies and comply with the regulations, the next step would be to start legal proceedings (court action) pursuant to Part 8 of the Enterprise Act, for non-compliance of EC261/2004.

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