Air passengers who are unable to board their flights because of overbooking, cancellations or flight delays can now demand greater compensation.Tim Worstall understands what's wrong with this right, so to speak:
There’s the problem. The compensation rates are fixed, fixed at a level which makes sense only in light of the charges made by the legacy airlines for their full price seats. If you’ve bought a 10 pound ticket on Ryan Air (motto, "No fu**ing refunds, what part of that don’t you understand?") why on earth should you get 300 quid compensation if they’ve over booked it? You knew, when you bought the ticket, what you were getting into...cheap as chips travel with lower service levels and less reliability than the full service airlines.The outcome of this is obvious: the low-cost airlines will have to increase their fares to compensate them for this new "right". Will British politicians be up in arms about this? I don't expect too many of them will be coming to the aid of Ryanair or EasyJet, not to mention their passengers. Well, they should - especially those here in Scotland. According to today's Herald tourist visitors to Scotland are increasing.
"European figures were helped by the rapid growth of low-cost flights to Britain from Europe, especially from new EU countries."So when you B&B goes bust or your local pub closes down you can thank the EU. But at least nobody here on the edge of Europe will be "profiting" from travellers.