Right to compensation for a flight delay

Was your flight delayed and did you arrive at your end destination with a delay of three hours or more? Then, according to Regulation 261/2004, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss of time.

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When are you entitled to compensation?

You are only entitled to compensation if the flight delay falls under the European Regulation 261/2004. To be entitled to compensation, the delayed flight must meet the following criteria:

  • Flight departed from an EU country
  • Or the flight departed from outside the EU to a country within the EU with a European airline
  • And the flight arrived at the end destination with a delay of three hours or more.

Flight delays due to extraordinary circumstances

There are situations when affected passengers are not entitled to compensation for a flight delay. This is the case when the airline is not responsible for the flight delay due to extraordinary circumstances. Examples of these include bad weather conditions, air traffic control strikes and acts of terrorism.

Example: You leave London Heathrow with a flight delay of 3 hours and 15 minutes. You arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol with a flight delay of 2 hours and 45 minutes. During the flight, the airline managed to make up some of the lost time. Therefore, as the arrival delay is less than three hours, you are not entitled to compensation according to Regulation 261/2004.

How much compensation are you entitled to for a delayed flight?

When your delayed flight falls under Regulation 261/2004, the amount of compensation is based on the distance of your flight.

Amount of compensation

Flight destinations within the EU

  • €250 (£225*) compensation for a delayed flight up to1,500 km (e.g. Guernsey to London)
  • €400 (£360*) compensation for a delayed flight exceeding 1,500 km (e.g. London to Ibiza)

Flight destinations outside the EU

  • €250 (£225*) compensation for a delayed flight up to1,500 km (e.g. London to Zurich)
  • €400 (£360*) compensation for a delayed flight between 1,500 km and 3,500 km (e.g. London to Istanbul)
  • €600 (£535*) compensation for a delayed flight exceeding 3,500 km (e.g. London to New York)

When the distance of your flight is 3500 km or more and you arrive with a delay between three or four hours, you are entitled to 50% of the compensation amount.

*Compensation calculated October’17 rate of £1: €1.12 and rounded to the nearest £5.

Financial compensation for flight delay

We offer free advice on whether you are entitled to compensation for a delayed flight. All we need are your flight details. Fill in your flight number and the date of the delayed flight and you will immediately receive advice. If you submit your claim through EUclaim, we will handle the entire process on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. And ensure you will get what you’re entitled to.

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