Tomorrow, 4th of July, European Consumer Centres (ECC-net) will be offering advice to passengers at 28 airports across Europe. The purpose of the event is to inform European citizens of their air passenger rights, a topic that is among the ones most dealt with by ECC-net when helping consumers. According to recent data, in 2011 a fifth of the complaints that European Consumer Centres dealt with (5 600 of 28 000) concerned air travel:
'The main causes for complaint were cancelled flights (about 30% of the cases), delays (24%), lost or damaged luggage (15%), but also denied boarding, non-transparent prices and surcharges, technical problems in the booking process or unfair commercial practices.'
The ECC-net helped travellers reach amicable solutions with airlines in almost 50% of the cases.
More information is available in the European Commission's press release on tomorrow's event and on the ECC-net's website.