Anyone who has ever experienced the frustration of Compensation For Flight Delays and even flight cancellations can now take advantage of a new European Union (EU) law which allows anyone who has been inconvenienced in this way to flight delay compensation.
The EU law, called the Denied Boarding Regulation, means that the airline must pay you flight delay compensation according to an agreed scale of payments laid down in the new law. The compensation can be anything up to 600 Euros, depending on a number of circumstances, per person affected by the delay or cancellation. The good news is that you can claim for flight delays and cancellations going back six years.
The Denied Boarding Regulation directive applies to any and all flights made from any airport within the European Union to another airport. This is irrespective of the airline involved. The law also applies to any flight from an airport which is outside the European Union but which is bound for an airport inside the European Union, as long as the airline concerned is a European airline (in other words, licenced to operate in any EU country and recognised by all European Union member states).
The level of flight delay compensation paid out is measured according to two broad criteria, and these are the length of the flight and the duration of the delay. The length of the flight is classified according to existing and established criteria, into short haul, medium haul, and long haul flights. The definition of each of these is as below:
- Short haul – any flight up to 1,500 kilometres (932 miles)
- Medium haul – any flight between 1,500 kilometres and 3,500 kilometres (2,175 miles)
- Long haul – any flight longer than 3,500 kilometres
The other criteria influencing the amount of compensation, the length of the delay, affects the level of payout in that the amount payable by the airline is reduced by 50% if the delay (as measured by the arrival time at the official destination of the flight) is less than two hours in short haul cases, less than three hours in medium haul cases, and less than four hours in cases where it is a long haul flight. For obvious reasons, if the flight is cancelled altogether it does not qualify for the 50% reduction in payout.
Here one can see some doubts may be emerging as to what constitutes an experience which is considered worthy of such compensation. The airline, or carrier, has a bearing on whether a valid claim may be made, as is the starting airport and the destination airport, the length of the flight and the nature and length of the delay. So the quickest way to see if a claim is valid is to enter all details anyway and see if your flight delay compensation claim is successful.
To make your own claim for compensation, or to see about this in more detail, go to the Flight Delay Compensation website.