Well, it might have seemed like a good idea at the time but it’s backfired now, as flight costs could skyrocket as firms try to protect themselves against high numbers of claims made by delayed passengers.

Hannah Clipston, partner at Thomas Eggar LLP, was quoted in TravelMole talking about the possible price hike.

 “From a customer perspective, this recent case and the knock on effect may well drive air fares up,” she said.

Ms Clipston said that ticket prices will now have a built-in provision to accommodate claims.

The CAA has warned airlines to expect huge amounts of claims this week resulting from delayed journeys and is preparing guidelines to assist them.

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