EU Air Passenger Rights Regulation 261/2004 EU261 came into force in 2005 at which time the UK was a member of the EU. Following Brexit, the UK decided to adopt the majority of the EU Regulations into UK law UK261 They do however operate separately.
The current regulations, EU261 and UK261 are very similar in terms of how under what circumstances a passenger is entitled to claim compensation. The most obvious difference is that under the EU Regulation compensation is valued in EUR € and in the UK its GBP £. Where the Airline accepts compensation is due it will pay out in the relevant currency depending on relevant Jurisdiction.
However, where the Airline ignores or unreasonably refuses to pay compensation and then the issue of which Regulations apply will be paramount in deciding how to pursue the matter through the relevant legal system. My Law Matters are partnering with ATC and where applicable will issue the claim through the Courts. They can only do so where UK261 Regulations apply. The UK courts have no jurisdiction and cannot enforce any claim arising from EU261 Regulations.
UK261 applies where you:
• Depart from an airport in the UK on any airline, or
• Arriving at an airport in the UK on an EU or UK airline; or
• Arriving at an airport in the EU on a UK airline.
EU261 applies where you:
Departing from an airport located in the territory of a Member State to which the Treaty applies.
• Departing from an EU/EEA member state, or
• Arrive at an EU/EEA member state on an airline based in an EU/EEA member state.
In both instances you must have a confirmed reservation and arrived for check-in as indicated by the airlines or where not stipulated, no less than 45 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.