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One area consumers are often left at a disadvantage with the companies they interact is in air travel. Flights are delayed or cancelled, luggage is lost or damaged but consumers don't always get the compensation and support they are due. In particular, if your flight departed from Europe or was with a European airline, you have rights under EU law, however not many people understand what they are entitled to. Here is a round up of the support available from our member consumer organisations.
Consumer Reports’ airline reviews will give you honest advice on which domestic airline to use. As well as providing a buying guide which highlights the features that are most important to consider, they have unbiased ratings and airline reviews to help you choose the best airline for your needs.
Altroconsumo has an online resource where they take you through writing a letter of complaint, select the right contacts at the airline and add their name to your complaint before sending it on your behalf.
The airlines you can contact through this system are: Air Berlin, Air France, Alitalia, Blu Panorama, British Airways, Lufthansa, Meridiana, Ryanair, Tap Portugal, Transavia, Turkish Airlines and Vueling.
Danish Consumer Council, have advice about your rights as a passengers at every stage of your journey.
DECO PROTESTE have information about what rights consumers can expect when travelling by air. You can also complain to an airline directly through their website. They will take you through the process step-by-step.
CHOICE has a range of materials for consumers. Complane, an online tool which sends an automatic email to the customer service agents of Australian airlines. As well as advice on Rights in flight and Flight delays and cancellations.
Consumentenbond provides information on your rights when your flight has been delayed or cancelled, as well as a pro forma letter to claim compensation. You can also access their ‘Vlucht Claim Service’ where you can check your potential compensation by entering their flight number and the date of the flight - there is also a link on the pay to a recommended claim service operating on a no-win no-fee basis.
Verbraucherzentrale Niedersachsen provides information on passenger’s compensation and rights on their website as well as via email.
StiWa recently published a special on passenger rights. The article describes passengers’ rights in different situations and gives useful information on how to get compensation (i.e. link to a pro forma letter, list of companies that help to get compensation online and link to the competent ADRs).