In January 2022, following action by the UK Civil Aviation Authority against Ryanair, the Court of Appeal decided that strike action by airline staff was not an 'extraordinary circumstance'. Following that judgment, Ryanair secured permission to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. It has now decided not to pursue this appeal and to provide compensation to passengers who were disrupted by the strike action taken by Ryanair pilots in 2018 in line with the passenger entitlements set out under UK (EC) Regulation 261/2004.
Paul Smith, Consumer Director at the UK Civil Aviation Authority said: “The Civil Aviation Authority undertook enforcement action against Ryanair due to the belief that strike action by airline staff does not constitute an 'extraordinary circumstance' and, as such, affected passengers should be entitled to compensation where this results in the delay or short notice cancellation of their flight. The judgment by the Court of Appeal supported this view.
Ryanair’s decision to discontinue the Supreme Court appeal of the Court of Appeal judgment means that affected passengers will now be able to make a claim for compensation from Ryanair if they were impacted by strike action taken by Ryanair pilots in 2018 and we would encourage all passengers on flights that were affected to claim the compensation they are entitled to.
Previous statements about the enforcement action can be found here: Update on Ryanair High Court decision | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)