Transport – Air. In relation to proceedings concerning the amount of compensation payable to the applicants in respect of a long delay to their flight, the Court of Justice of the European Union gave a preliminary ruling that, art 7(1) of Regulation (EC) 261/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council had to be interpreted as meaning that the concept of 'distance', in the case of air routes with connecting flights, related only to the distance calculated between the point of departure and the final destination on the basis of the 'great circle' method, regardless of the distance actually flown.