MEPs support Keith’s call for greater passenger rights

9 March 2012

The European Parliament's transport committee today adopted a report calling for more EU action to strengthen air passenger rights. Keith was the Green rapporteur, draftsperson, for this report on passenger rights.

Commenting after the vote Keith said: "While EU legislation has already gone some way towards improving the rights of air passengers, more needs to be done to get them a fair deal and to ensure broader rights for all travellers. Today's vote is an important step to this end, with MEPs calling on the EU Commission to come forward with further measures in key areas."

He continued: "The report calls for improved rules regarding assistance and reimbursement for delays and cancellations (including for luggage delays), as well as guarantees to ensure passengers are not left stranded when airlines go bust. In spite of existing EU legislation, online flight sales continue to fall short in terms of delivering transparent pricing. The report calls for the Commission to do more to enforce current EU rules. The report also includes proposals for addressing some of the problems faced by persons with disabilities and reduced mobility, with a view to ensuring barrier-free access to air transport.

He concluded: "Crucially the report also calls for better information on the environmental performance and impact of air journeys. Given the enormous environmental impact of flying, this would help passengers make a more informed choice about their travel."

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