A new ruling by the European Court of Justice could force airlines to pay countless sums in compensation for flights cancelled or subject to long delays caused by a strike.

Several cases were brought to the EU’s Court of Justice after German airline TUIfly said a 2016 "wildcat strike" - one not formally initiated by a trade union - was an extraordinary event and not liable to the compensate for delays.

The court disagreed with TUIfly, saying similar circumstances were only applicable if ...

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