Your next trip could always be the trip of a lifetime, and this excitement is the one thing you shouldn’t forget to pack! Travelling, a necessary escape from dull routines and quotidian stress, is meant to be experienced joyfully from start to finish. Unfortunately, the bliss of travelling can often be ruined by airport-related disruptions like delays and last-minute cancellations. In these cases, it is important to remember that all is not lost and you are not at the mercy of any airline; your passenger rights are protected by law!
The laws protecting your rights within the European Union are outlined in the European Parliament and Council’s Regulation EC 261/2004, also known as EU261. Fret not, the regulation was adopted by the British government pre-Brexit in 2019 and IF your flight was operated by a European airline, OR, by a non-European airline BUT you departed from the UK or an EU country, your right to claim compensation from airlines in the event of a flight delay, cancellation, or overbooking is still protected.
When your flight is delayed, your passenger rights allow you to claim delayed flight compensation for flights arriving at least 3 hours later than originally scheduled.
When your flight is cancelled, there are more factors to consider. In general, if your flight was cancelled less than 14 days prior to the planned departure, you could be eligible for compensation. However, did the airline offer you an alternative flight? Did you accept it? If you answered NO to any of these two questions, you may also be entitled to a full ticket refund on top of compensation.
If you are unsure about what kind of compensation you qualify for, the free Claim Calculator feature on the Flight-Delayed.co.uk website will tell you whether you qualify and how much money you are entitled to.
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So, how much damage can you do? The amount you can claim from airlines depends on the distance of the flight. The distances and according compensation amounts are as follows:
- You are entitled to up to £220 for flights shorter than 1,500km;
- up to £320 for flights between 1,501km and 3,500km, and;
- up to £520 for flights longer than 3,500km.
Say you took a flight from London Gatwick to Barcelona and Ryanair delays your flight by a minimum of three hours – you can claim up to £220 in Ryanair flight delay compensation! Now imagine the flight you took was from London to New York instead – you are entitled to claim up to £520.
How you can hold airlines accountable
With Flight-Delayed.co.uk, claiming your rightful compensation for a delayed, overbooked, or cancelled flight is made easy. Having helped more than one million passengers to claim the compensation they deserve, at a 98% court success rate, we have the knowledge, experience, and experts necessary to make sure your case is won. Submitting your claim takes less than 5 minutes and you can always count on the ‘no win, no fee’ policy!
In most cases you have a few years to claim compensation for delayed, cancelled, or overbooked flights, and in some cases you have up to 6 years to do so! Don’t let airlines get away with disrupting your trip without giving you your deserved compensation – submit your claim today!