EU airlines must pay for delays

■ European Union airlines must pay compensation for delayed flights unless the delay was caused by circumstances beyond their control, the bloc’s highest court said.

Travellers should be recompensed for delays of more than three hours, the European Union Court of Justice ruled yesterday, reaffirming a right established three years ago in a case involving Air France. Passengers on flights operated by EU airlines starting or ending in the 27-nation grouping are entitled to €250-600 for delays or cancellations under EU rules.