A BRITISH couple who waited 26 hours for a delayed flight from Mallorca have won a landmark case against one of Britain’s largest airlines.
Kim Brittain, 61, and his wife Sue, 55, sued Monarch after 200 tourists were stranded at Palma de Mallorca Airport.
Their victory is one of the first of its kind in the British courts and could open the floodgates for thousands of other cases.
It comes after the European Court of Justice declared that airlines must pay compensation for delays caused by their own failures, such as technical faults and staff problems.
A judge at Worcester County Court awarded them their full compensation claim of €504, plus legal costs.
The ruling follows a judgement last October in which the European courts found passengers should be entitled to compensation of up to €560, plus expenses, for delays longer than three hours.