Did You Know that You Can Claim if You Experience a Flight Delay of Longer than 4 Hours?

Not all claims for compensation are related to physical injury such as flight delay compensation.  Just as physical injury claims, the victim can claim damages due to the fault of a third party. This is the case of flight delay compensation. And the good news is that there is recompense if you wait for hours this holiday for your flight. No more frustrations with cancelled flights, spending countless hours waiting and wondering if your holiday is turning into a nightmare.

By definition of Wikipedia, The Flight Compensation Regulation 261/2004 is a “regulation in EU law establishing common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of denied boarding, flight cancellations, or long delays of flights”.

With the recent experience of BA flights grounded due to a computer malfunction, one can’t help but ask how these airlines will compensate their passengers. The Court of Justice of the European Union has interpreted passenger rights strictly, meaning that airlines can no longer evade their responsibility towards their customers. With the implications of breach of contract, airlines must compensate inconvenienced passengers compensation of €250 to €600 depending on the flight distance for delays over 4 hours. This regulation includes cancellations, or being denied boarding from overbooking.

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The great news for everyone inconvenienced by major European airlines – shorter delays mean a percentage of the full compensation. Accordingly, airlines must provide refreshments and accommodation where appropriate.

So in short, anyone who experienced a delay over the last six years can claim compensation for up to €600 (approx. £540) or parts thereof, per passenger for flight delays exceeding 4 hours.

General Requirements to Claim Flight Delay Compensation

To find out whether you can claim the compensation you need to be able to answer the following questions.

  • From which country in the EU did your flight take off? (If you took off from the EU, it doesn’t matter what airline you are on.) Or
  • Did your flight land at an EU airport? (If you flew in from outside the EU, the airline must be EU)
  • Can you prove the original time of arrival different from the actual time of arrival by 3 hours?
  • Can you blame the delay on the airline exclusively? Or were any other circumstances at play?
  • Was the flight in the last 6 years?

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Your Right to Claim

Even though the claims process is open to the public, many individuals can be frustrated by the airline’s nonchalant response. Instead of suffering a long, frustrating, laborious and probably fruitless claim, consider finding a specialist to stand in your stead.

Solicitors and law firms subscribed to Legit Claims website can take the headache out of the process and handle your claim to flight delay compensation hassle free. Many solicitors offer a No-win No- fee structure, which means your fees are only payable upon the successful completion of your claim. If you have had a successful flight but now you find yourself on holiday with an injury then you can read Holiday Accident Claims: Frequently Asked Questions.