As I explained in an article earlier this week Ryanair strikes mean you may be able to claim £222 compensation.
We had customers this week who were given the option to either claim a refund or re-book for no extra cost onto a different Ryanair flight.
As I was driving the customers to Faro airport on their return transfer we got talking about this issue and they explained how they had been left £150 out of pocket. The only alternative flight with Ryanair meant they would have had to stay in Albufeira for an extra 2 days which for them wasn’t an option.
In the end they had to book with Jet2 and leave a day earlier than planned, and that it cost an extra £150 on top of the original flight. What these customers were not aware of is that if ANY flight in Europe is canceled with less than 2 weeks notice then under EU law you are entitled to £222 compensation.
Now, Ryanair have said they will refuse to pay this as they are saying it is under extraordinary circumstances and that if beyond the airlines control then they do not have to pay.
However this is what the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have said in a statement.
“When a flight cancellation is caused by strike action by the airline’s employees, the airline is required to pay compensation to passengers in respect of the cancellation of the flight, if it has not warned passengers of the cancellation at least two weeks prior to the scheduled time of departure”.
So just to finish off, my advice to you would be this. File the claim, you may not get the money but legally you are entitled to it. If you are a family of 8 for example it may even be worth taking a little further if Ryanair refuse.