The European Commission has today announced proposals to extend air passenger rights. If approved by member states and the European Parliament, the measures will come into force in 2015.

The new measures would include:

  • Clarifying the meaning of ‘extraordinary circumstances’;
  • Requiring airlines to re-route passengers who have been delayed by more than 12 hours, using other air carriers if they cannot do so themselves;
  • Care requirements for planes delayed on the runway; and
  • Requiring airlines to allow passengers to disembark and to provide reimbursements, if the plane has sat on the runway for more than 5 hours.