IN theory the pain of those long hours of waiting at airports for delayed flights should be alleviated somewhat from the middle of next month when a new European Union deal on compensation comes into force. The qualification, in theory, is necessary because it is not certain clear that all airlines, in particular the low-cost operators, will observe the new regulations. There is no doubt that their cost, if strictly adhered to, will be high. For instance, the cancellation of a flight with 180 booked passengers could cost the airline more than 100'000 pounds, depending on the destination. An individual passenger inconvenienced in this way might be entitled to as much as 400 pounds and a similar amount might be due for loss of a flight because of overbooking.
LATE FLIGHTS COMPENSATION