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London Gatwick Airport Cancellations - When Do you Get Compensation?

Hearing about cancellations and delays at London Gatwick Airport doesn't get travel off to a great start — but the good news is that in the EU you're protected by a law called EC 261. This ensures that you can still get to your destination, and also you might be owed up to US$700 (€600) per person in compensation. Our free Compensation Calculator will tell you exactly what you're owed.

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Your Air Passenger Rights at London Gatwick Airport

Most passengers using London Gatwick Airport (LGW) are protected under a law called EU Regulation No. 261/2004. That's because EC 261 covers all departures from EU airports as well as departures from the EU's 'outermost regions' — places like the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Martinique.

Flights landing at London Gatwick Airport may also be protected by EC 261 too, depending on where they departed from. Check the table below for all the details.

EC 261 doesn't just protect Europeans, it exists to protect anyone flying within its jurisdiction. And it usually gives passengers up to 3 years to make a claim — so you can check whether you're still owed compensation for previous London Gatwick Airport flight cancellations too.

Are you Protected by EC 261?

Route EU Airline Non-EU Airline
Departures from London Gatwick Airport ✔️ Yes ✔️ Yes
Arrivals at London Gatwick Airport ✔️ Yes ❌ No
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