This section provides some details on how to claim flight compensation under EC 261/2004. Current EU flight legislation means you can get compensation for delayed, cancelled, and overbooked flights. To qualify, your claim must fulfil specific requirements and you will need to submit a claim form to the airline or ask a company to submit this for you. AirHelp assists passengers to make a claim by offering a free Eligibility Check (available as an online form) and submitting the claim forms and relevant documents on their behalf.
Since each airline company has its own forms and specific requirements, choosing a professional company to submit the claim has substantial benefits for our clients. Not only will it greatly increase your chance of submitting a successful claim but it means you can also avoid the stress and strain of the legal process.
To make a flight delay claim, you will need to keep all the documentation which is relevant to the claim. This may include your ticket/boarding pass, and any other documentation which is applicable, including online reservations, if necessary. These will be attached to the individual airline's claim forms which must be filled in and submitted according to their specifications.
AirHelp consultants have years of experience in submitting flight delay and cancellation forms so they can appeal for you if your claim is rejected. Legal procedures for claims can be time-consuming and expensive and most people don't have the legal expertise to argue a claim successfully. Many claims are denied because of incorrect procedures being followed and a lack of appropriate paperwork. Using a professional company to help file your claim makes it much easier for you to get compensation for the inconvenience you experienced.
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.
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:
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.
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