A HOLIDAYMAKER was handed £680 compo for a 22-hour flight wait — in a ruling that could spark a flood of airline claims.
The plane due to take Jeff Halsall, 58, and wife Joyce, 57, home from Tenerife in 2009 was hit by a mechanical fault.
Tour giant Thomas Cook denied Jeff compensation, citing “exceptional circumstances”.
But he used new laws allowing claims of up to £480 for flight delays over three hours in EU countries since 2005 — if the airline is at fault.
The £680 award at Stoke-on-Trent County Court covers both their flights. Ex-teacher Jeff, of Kidsgrove, Staffs, said:
“Everyone is entitled to this. All they need to do is write to their airline.”
Article written by Richard Moriarty, reporter at The Sun, and sub edited by myself.
Originally published in The Sun on Thursday January 31 2013.