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Supreme court rejects application to appeal 03 November 2014

03rd November 2014

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Dart Group PLC
03 November 2014
 



3 November 2014

 

DART GROUP PLC ("Dart" or "the Group")


SUPREME COURT REJECTS APPLICATION TO APPEAL IN HUZAR v JET2.COM LTD

-     PROVISION TO COVER POTENTIAL CLAIMS

 

Dart Group PLC, the Leisure Travel and Distribution & Logistics Group, announces that its wholly owned operating company Jet2.com has had its application to the Supreme Court to appeal the Court of Appeal's earlier decision of June 2014 rejected. Jet2.com maintained that in certain circumstances a technical defect was an "extraordinary circumstance" under EU regulation 261.

 

Previously the European National Enforcement Bodies (for example the UK Civil Aviation Authority) had agreed that unexpected technical defects, such as the one in this case, were outside of the control of airlines and would therefore be considered "extraordinary" for the purposes of customer compensation.

 

Safety has always been Jet2.com's first priority. Aircraft have duplicate and triplicate systems to ensure that flights may continue to their destination safely. However, certain technical issues can prevent or delay departures. For these the company has back up and contingency plans to minimise inconvenience to customers.

 

Dart will be making a provision of £17m in its current financial year in order to cover potential historical claims arising from the Supreme Court's decision. Going forward, the Board estimates that the legislation may cost the Group a further £3m-£5m per annum. The Board is currently further reviewing its options to mitigate the future financial impact on its air travel operations.

For further information contact:

Dart Group PLC

Philip Meeson, Group Chairman and Chief Executive

Tel:              0113 238 7444

Gary Brown, Group Chief Financial Officer

Smith & Williamson Corporate Finance Limited

Nominated Adviser

David Jones

Tel:              020 7131 4000

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Peter Stewart / Mark Whitmore

Tel:              020 7523 8000

Arden Partners - Joint Broker

Christopher Hardie

Tel:              020 7614 5900

Buchanan - Financial PR

Richard Oldworth

Tel:              020 7466 5000

 

 


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