Only passengers on short-haul flights in EU countries with delays of over five hours will be eligible for compensation under the new rules proposed by the European Union. For flights of up to 6,000 miles the maximum allowed delay is nine hours, while for longer flights the limit is 12 hours.
The new changes are expected to come into effect by 2015 if they are approved by the European Parliament.
Currently, passengers on short-haul flights are eligible for compensation for a delay of three hours or more. The new measures are aimed at reducing flight cancellations by giving airlines two more hours for repairs or securing alternative transportation.
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