WILLIAMSPORT — A Centre County family has settled their federal lawsuit against USAirways over a missed connection that caused them to miss the departure of a cruise ship in Spain.
No terms were disclosed in the settlement notice filed Wednesday in U.S. Middle District Court in the suit brought by members of the Steven P. Williams family.
Five members of the State College Williams family on June 11, 2011, were scheduled to fly from State College to Philadelphia and then to Barcelona, Spain, where they were to board a ship to cruise the Mediterranean Sea by 4 p.m. the following day.
They were delayed leaving State College thus missing their flight to Spain. They were rebooked to Lisbon, Portugal, with plans to fly to Barcelona but their arrival would have been too late to board the cruise ship.
Instead, they said they flew to Nice, France, from where they took a bus to Monaco where they caught the cruise ship that June 13. The family sought damages totaling $15,325 which included the cost of the flight and the cruise ship.
According to USAir, thunderstorms in the Philadelphia area delayed their flight from State College and caused the cancellation of the Barcelona flight.
The airline noted it rebooked the family to Lisbon and then with Air Portugal to Nice. It acknowledged their luggage was delayed by the rebookings.
The issue that was to have litigated was whether the plaintiffs could recover their air fare, cruise costs and out-of-pocket expenses.