Greater clarity has been given to the European Union"™s passenger rights regulation but more work is required, according to Iata.
The airline trade body was responding to the publication of "˜interpretative guideline"™ on Regulation 261/2004 by the European Commission.
"This is an important stop-gap measure until critical reforms to EU 261/2004 are implemented," Iata said on Friday.
Director general and chief executive, Tony Tyler, said: “A transparent and level playing field is important for passengers and airlines.
"Today"™s interpretative guidelines are an important step to ensure that EU 261 is applied with greater consistency across Europe. The industry"™s issues with EU 261, however, remain unsolved.
"Revisions to the regulation proposed in March 2013 would help to provide a better balance between passenger rights and airline obligations. But they are being held in limbo as a result of a deadlocked dispute between Spain and the UK over Gibraltar."
From the start, EU 261 contained ambiguities which resulted in inconsistencies in how the regulation was applied across Europe, according to Iata…