British Airways passengers could be owed 'hundreds' after landmark court ruling

Thousands of travellers could be owed HUNDREDS in compensation from British Airways after a court ruling. Kenneth and Linda Lipton took BA Cityflyer, an arm of British Airways (BA), to court after they arrived in London from Milan in January 2018.

it came after the flight arrived more than two hours late. The airline refused to pay around £220 in compensation for the delay, arguing that the pilot’s illness was an “extraordinary circumstance" but the couple have won out at a court hearing.

In their judgment, Lord Sales and Lady Rose said that it “does not matter” when the pilot fell ill, as the crew member remained an “inherent part of the airline’s operation” even when not on duty. In a decision backed by Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lord Burrows and Lady Simler, they said: “If the pilot drinks so as to be unfit to report for work and the flight is cancelled, then the reason for the cancellation is inherent in the airline’s activity and operations.

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“The same is also true of the need for the captain and other cabin crew to ensure that they are properly rested during stopovers. They have numerous obligations both to their employers and to the public during those periods.

“These are all inherent in the carrier’s activity and operations and if, for whatever reason, they are unable to attend for work as a result of something going awry during those rest periods, whether it is their fault or not, that failure to attend is not an extraordinary circumstance.”

Mr and Mrs Lipton said in a statement in the wake of the victory: “We see this as not just a win for ourselves but a victory for people who are prepared to fight for common sense and justice against corporate behemoths who have access to every resource.

“We never wanted to be in this position but felt we had little choice but to continue our legal case given the stance of the carrier all the way through this. Their insistence to continue this battle to the highest court in the land has now met with the correct conclusion and our significantly smaller, but no less wily team has succeeded against all odds.

A spokesperson for BA said: "We are disappointed with this decision and respect the judgment of the court."