Access to the NetNeutrals platform

Airlines/airports pay a monthly or annual fee (based on the number of anticipated claims) for access to the certified NetNeutrals forum for dispute resolution. Paying this fee allows businesses to add a link to the NetNeutrals platform to their websites and provides information for the airline/airport to disseminate to its consumers when an unresolved dispute arises. Smaller airlines/airports can also contract individually to participate. The process is designed to operate in compliance with the UNCITRAL Track III Draft Rules.

Additionally, professional and trade associations may contract for dispute resolutions services to be provided to meet regulatory requirements or as a membership benefit.

At any point the consumer may elect to withdraw from the process; however once a case is opened, participating airlines/airports may not withdraw before a conclusion has been reached.

Decisions are binding on the airline/airports when participation in the process is required by a regulatory body or as a condition of remaining an association member in good standing.

Registering the dispute

When a dispute between a consumer and airline/airport has not been resolved to the consumer’s satisfaction, a consumer initiates a claim by clicking on the NetNeutrals logo, which is linked to the airline/airports' site, or by going to the NetNeutrals website. If the consumer begins the dispute on the NetNeutrals website, the consumer selects the participating airline/airport or trade organization. The customer then identifies the issues he or she is experiencing.

The NetNeutrals platform is designed for use in the resolution of e-commerce, motor vehicle, and new home construction/warranty disputes.  Additionally, the platform can be tailored to assist in resolving Airlines disputes.  Some typical Airline-related problems may include:  denied boarding, delay, cancellation, destruction/damage/loss of baggage, destruction/damage/loss of items worn or carried by passenger, problems faced by disabled passengers, and any further general disputes arising where the consumer alleges that the business is not trading fairly.

Next, the consumer enters in the specific details and uploads any photographs or documents that may help describe the problems. Then the consumer indicates what they would like from the airline/airport. Possible resolution choices include apology, refund, replacement, repair, etc.

Claims can also be initiated by the consumer via post. An administrator is available at the Leeds office to receive and review claims. The administrator enters the consumer’s information in the website, prints those details and posts it to the consumer, who confirms the details or notifies the administrator of any needed changes.

Inform the Airline/airport

Within one business day NetNeutrals informs the airline/airport that a case has been opened. The business can log on and see the name of the consumer, how they described the problem and what the customer believes would resolve the issue.

Find a solution

Once a case is opened, both parties are provided access to a confidential online forum where they can communicate with one another using various tools and templates to find an acceptable solution. These include diagrams and graphics that help to explain the issue at the root of the dispute, tools to upload images or other supporting documentation, suggestions for possible methods of redress, and templates for drafting apologizes and other communication between the parties.

If the airline/airport believes negotiation will not be productive, it can move directly to mediation.  Furthermore, if the airline/airport also believes mediation will not be productive, it can move directly to adjudication.

Unable to agree

If the parties are unable to come to an agreement, they have the option of inviting a trained mediator or neutral (ADR official) into the forum to facilitate in finding a resolution. Inviting the Neutral into the case triggers an additional fee to be paid by the airline/airport. If the resolution is not reached through mediation, the neutral will file a proposed settlement that the parties can comment on, and then choose to accept or decline.


In the event the parties are not able to settle the dispute using mediation, the airline/airport can file for adjudication. In this process, a new neutral reviews the entire case file and makes a decision.

European Commission's ODR Platform and ADR Entities

The 'Your Europe' portal gives individuals and businesses practical information on their rights and opportunities in the EU.  It focuses on real-life, cross-border situations, e.g. European citizens wishing to work or study in another country in the EU, or European businesses wanting to move to or open a new branch in another country in the EU.

ADR Scheme Rules for Aviation claims can be viewed HERE.

A complete list of all EU-approved ADR entities can be found HERE.

Fill out the form if you are having trouble opening a case or if you have another question about our process.  We will review your case and get back to you as soon as possible.

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NetNeutrals EU is an approved Dispute Resolution body under the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015

NetNeutrals EU is an approved Dispute Resolution body under the European Union (Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes) Regulations 2015
NetNeutrals EU was approved in July 2016 by the Civil Aviation Authority (the UK aviation regulator) to operate as an ADR body for aviation consumers.
NetNeutrals EU voluntarily withdrew from the CAA List of approved ADR providers in September 2017 with an intention of applying to re-enter the UK aviation disputes marketplace at a future date