As of 19:00 UTC Tuesday March 12, 2019, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) prohibited operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX, following the tragic accident of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 involving a Boeing 737 MAX 8. High number of flight are expected to be cancelled. In such case, passengers can use their rights stemming from EU legislation.
Pursuant to the Regulation 261/2004, passengers have the right to free-of-charge care consisting of refreshments and accommodation for the necessary period till rerouting or cancellation of the contract made by the passenger. According to our legal opinion, this is an extraordinary circumstance pursuant to the Regulation that carriers couldn’t prevent, so passengers have no right for compensations ranging from 250 to 600 EUR.
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