Civil Aviation Auth.

UK CAA begins enforcement action against Ryanair

RNS Number : 4503J
Civil Aviation Authority
05 December 2018

UK Civil Aviation Authority begins enforcement action against Ryanair


The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today started enforcement action against Ryanair, following the airline's decision that financial compensation is not payable under European Commission Regulation 261/2004 for flight disruption resulting from industrial action by the airline's staff this summer.

Ryanair passengers have made claims for compensation directly to the airline, but these have been rejected. Passengers have then been able to escalate their complaints to AviationADR, a body approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, to provide alternative dispute resolution for passenger complaints. 

Ryanair has now informed the Civil Aviation Authority that it has terminated its agreement with AviationADR.

As the Civil Aviation Authority said at the time of the industrial action, in its view, the strikes were not "extraordinary circumstances" and were not exempt, meaning consumers should be compensated in accordance with Regulation EC261/2004.

As a result of Ryanair's action, passengers with an existing claim will now have to await the outcome of the Civil Aviation Authority's enforcement action.


For further details contact:

Richard Stephenson, CAA Communications Department - 0333 103 6000

Andrew McConnell, CAA Communications Department - 0333 103 6000


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