Claim For Late Flight

85% of air passengers don't realise that they are eligible to claim up to £520 in compensation if their flight has been delayed, cancelled, or overbooked to the point where they are denied boarding. In fact, thousands of flights experience this kind of disruption and there are laws in place designed to protect customer rights when this happens.

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Why a late flight could mean you are due compensation

Different pieces of legislation exist to protect customers against flight disruption and the inconvenience caused by late, delayed, or overbooked flights. In the UK, we are covered by EU Regulation EU 261/2004. This is a comprehensive piece of law which defines how passengers must be treated. It also requires airlines to make compensation payments of up to £520 per incident to customers who have experienced disruption.

The good news is that it's really easy to find out if you are due compensation. Simply enter your details into AirHelp and our website database will automatically tell you whether or not you are eligible for compensation. We have helped millions of people to find out about their air travel rights and to make successful claims. If you are eligible to make a claim for a late flight, we will then do the paperwork for you. It's quick, easy and costs you nothing. Read on to find out more about how AirHelp can help you to claim for a late flight, a delayed flight or other kinds of disruption. Don't be like the 55% of passengers who know that they are eligible for a claim but who don't take it forward! Submit yours now in just a few clicks and let AirHelp assist with upholding your passenger rights and submitting your compensation claim.

AirHelp is here to help you get compensation for flight delays and cancellations. Find out what you could be entitled to.

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About AirHelp

AirHelp is the world's largest air passenger rights organisation, here to help air travellers secure compensation for delayed, cancelled, or overbooked flights .

We make claiming compensation easy and stress-free. Whether you are unsure of your rights, lack the time, or simply want an expert to handle your entire claim for you, AirHelp can help you get what you are rightfully owed.

We operate on a no win, no fee basis, so you can check your compensation risk-free.


Claiming Compensation for Flight Delays and Cancellations

How do you know when you should claim compensation for a delayed or cancelled flight? Though the law can be complicated, we're here to break it down for you:

Delayed flights: you may be able to claim compensation if your flight arrived 3 hours or more late.
Cancelled flights: you may be eligible for compensation if your flight was cancelled less than 14 days before it was due to depart.
Overbookings: you are owed compensation any time you are denied boarding through no fault of your own — so long as you didn't voluntarily give up your seat.

We should note that if extraordinary circumstances were involved, arirlines are under no obligation to pay compensation. Examples of extraordinary circumstances include bad weather, travel restrictions, and air traffic control strikes. Though these situations cause delays and cancellations, the airline isn't at fault, so can't be expected to offer compensation.

Remember these are European flight regulations and so only apply to flights departing from an EU airport, or flights landing in the EU with a European airline. The table below makes it clear which flights are covered:

Claim up to £520 in compensation if your flight has been delayed, cancelled, or overbooked within the last 3 years.

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How Much Flight Compensation?

DistanceCompensation
All flights under 1,500 kmUp to £220 per person
Internal EU flights over 1,500 kmUp to £350 per person
Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 - 3,500 kmUp to £350 per person
Non-internal EU flights over 3,500 kmUp to £520 per person

Table shows values in € as specified in EC 261

In some circumstances the compensation amount may differ from the standard amounts shown above. The easiest way to find out what you’re owed is to use our Compensation Check.


What to Do if Your Flight is Delayed or Cancelled

If you experience a flight delay or cancellation, here's what you should do:

  • Hold onto your boarding pass and other travel documents.
  • Ask why the flight was delayed or cancelled.
  • Request food, drinks, and if necessary, free transport and hotel accommodation.
  • If you had a cancelled flight, ask for an alternative flight or a refund.
  • Keep all receipts of any extra expenses you may have had, including necessary food, clothing, etc.
  • Be careful not to sign any waivers or accept vouchers that will require you to waive your right to compensation.

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