Compensation of up to 600 Euros if Flight Delayed, Cancelled

Air passengers traveling on European roots or to flights from or to Europe are entitled up to 600 euros compensation if their flight is delayed, cancelled or because entry is refused due to overbooking.

The amount varies depending on the distance of the destination and the duration of the delay.

If your flight’s delayed for 2 or more hours, your airline must give you:

• food and drink
• access to phone calls and emails
• accommodation if you’re delayed overnight – and journeys between the airport and the hotel

The airline should give you vouchers to get these things at the airport. If they don’t give you help at the airport, keep receipts for expenses and try to claim from the airline later. Airlines only pay for ‘reasonable’ expenses — you won’t get money back for alcohol, expensive meals or luxury hotels.

If your flight’s delayed for 3 or more hours

You already have a legal right to food and drink, phone calls and accommodation — you get this when the flight is delayed for 2 hours or more.

You’re also entitled to get compensation if the delay is the airline’s responsibility — for example, if they didn’t get enough bookings or there was a technical fault. You won’t get compensation if it was delayed because of something like bad weather or a strike.

You’re entitled to a set amount of compensation depending on:

• the distance of the flight — check the flight distance on the WebFlyer website
• the length of the delay — how late you are getting to your destination
• whether you’re flying to an EU or non-EU destination

If your flight’s delayed for 5 hours or more

You don’t have to take the flight if it’s delayed for 5 hours or more. It doesn’t matter whose responsibility the delay is.

If you don’t take the flight the airline legally has to give you all of the following:

• a full refund for the flight
• a full refund for other flights from the airline that you won’t use in the same booking, eg an onward or return flight
• if you’re part-way through a journey, a flight back to the airport you originally departed from
• food and drink
• access to phone calls and emails
• accommodation if you’re delayed overnight, as well as journeys between the airport and the hotel

Talk to someone from the airline as soon as you decide you don’t want to take the flight.

If you do take the flight

You can claim up to €600 in compensation if the delay is the airline’s responsibility — depending on the distance and destination of your flight. It might have been your airline’s fault if there was a technical flight, or they overbooked.

You won’t get compensation if it was delayed because of something like bad weather or a strike.

If your flight is cancelled

You have the legal right to either:

• a full refund — including other flights from the airline that you won’t use in the same booking such as onward or return flights
• a replacement flight to get you to your destination
Ask for a refund or replacement at the airport if you can. If not, you can claim from the airline later.

You also have a legal right to:

• help with costs — if the cancellation delays you 2 or more hours
• compensation — if you’d be delayed 2 or more hours by the replacement flight offered

If you get a replacement flight

The airline legally has to help you with things you need while you’re waiting at the airport for your replacement flight. This includes:
• food and drink
• access to phone calls and emails
• accommodation if you’re delayed overnight, as well as journeys between the airport and the hotel
The airline should give you vouchers to get these things at the airport. Ask someone who works for the airline if you’re not offered anything.
If they don’t give you help at the airport, keep receipts for your expenses and try to claim from the airline later. Airlines only pay for ‘reasonable’ expenses – you won’t get money back for alcohol, expensive meals or luxury hotels.

Claim compensation

You’re legally entitled to get compensation if the delay is the airline’s responsibility and either:
• the replacement flight delays your arrival by 2 or more hours
• your flight was cancelled at least 7 days before departure
The amount of compensation you’re entitled to depends on:
• when the flight was cancelled
• the distance of the flight – check the flight distance on the Web Flyer website
• the departure and arrival times of the rescheduled flight


Claim from the airline

Contact the airline – this needs to be the airline operating the flight, even if you booked it through another airline. The airline’s customer services department will usually help. Be ready to give all your flight details and booking reference numbers.

Write your claim – say what went wrong and what you want the airline to give you. Include copies (not originals) of your tickets and any receipts.

Keep records – keep copies of your claim and any response from the airline. Take notes if you speak to anyone from the airline – this could be useful if you decide to take your claim further.

Source: citizensadvice.org