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Air Passenger Rights Under Assault in Europe

Long flight delays have a price, but the airline industry is applying serious downward pressure on European regulators.

Frankfurt airport
Frankfurt airport
Bettina Seipp

BERLIN — Lobbying is usually a hidden job. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the airline lobby’s current involvement in reworking the European Airline Passengers’ Rights Law has remained out of sight.

But the airlines’ chief opponents, European Passengers Federation (EPF), want to start shining the spotlight on the process. The EPF, a group of national and regional passengers’ organizations across the continent, has gone on the offensive in Berlin with a long list of demands.

Since 2005, European Union regulation 261/2004 has overseen compensation claims from passengers whose flights are delayed or canceled. But in the meantime, the debt of airline companies has continued to climb (approaching 3.5 billion euros deeper in the hole every year), and they have come to Brussels for help.

The airlines are clearly having some success in convincing European lawmakers. Since last March, the EU Commission made several proposals for revisions to industry regulations, all of which the German government has thus far agreed to.

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