A June 2014 judgment by the UK court of appeal found that airlines are liable for compensation under European Council Regulation No. 261/2004 to passengers where a flight has been delayed on account of an unforeseeable aircraft technical problem.

The Regulation and the court’s decision

Regulation 261 provides for compensation in the event of passengers

2013 saw the emergence of low-cost airline FlySafair. In June 2013 Safair applied for a licence to allow it to operate a commercial scheduled air service. The licence was granted by the Air Service Licensing Council.


An interdict was sought restraining Safair from operating the commercial service on grounds that more than 25% of