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KLM Compensation - Flight Delays & Cancellations

Whether you’ve had a delayed flight or canceled flight with KLM, you’ve come to the right place for information on how to get the KLM compensation you deserve. At AirHelp we strive to take the burden of air passengers whose flight experience has been disrupted and are entitled to compensation.

Continue reading to learn how we can help you enforce your flight rights.

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KLM Compensation

Try as they might to ensure every flight experience of their passengers is void of issues – unfortunately, KLM flight delays and cancellations happen.

Naturally, KLM make every effort to stick to their advertised schedules, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan. When air travel takes an unexpected turn, AirHelp strives to be the silver lining of air travel. This is because we help you get the KLM compensation you deserve from the airline if you have suffered a flight mishap and the airline is at fault.

Just enter your flight details into our free flight delay compensation calculator and it will inform you on whether you are eligible to make a claim and how much the airline owes you in KLM delayed flight compensation and canceled flight compensation.

KLM Flight Delay Compensation

Under the EU regulation, EC 261 – which protects the rights of air passengers – not all flight delays are eligible for compensation.

According to the legislation, KLM passengers are entitled to KLM flight delay compensation if they arrived at their final destination 3 hours after the scheduled estimated time of arrival.

Other factors also determine whether your KLM claim is likely to be successful. For instance, certain perks offered by the airline like a voucher could waive your right to KLM delayed flight compensation. This is why it’s very important to be diligent and not sign any document offered to you by an airline when there has been a flight issue without reading the fine print.

If you want to avoid the hassle of working out if your KLM flight delay qualifies for delay compensation – our easy-to-use compensation calculator will do the grunt work for you.

Provided that our compensation checker confirms that you are indeed eligible for compensation for your flight mishap – our team of trusted industry experts will help you with your KLM claim at each step of the way.

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KLM Flight Cancellation Compensation

Under EU regulation, if you are a KLM passenger and your flight is canceled and:

  • You were not informed of your flight’s cancellation, or
  • You were informed of the cancellation less than 14 days before departure, or
  • You weren’t offered a rerouting option

You can be eligible for KLM flight cancellation compensation.

Generally speaking, when KLM cancels flights, the airline will attempt to rebook passengers onto another flight at no additional charge. In fact, in most cases of canceled flights, KLM will automatically try and rebook you onto another flight. You can request further changes if the alternative flight doesn’t work for you, or if you no longer wish to travel that route.

The situation is different if you need to cancel your flight. There is no compensation owed if it is your decision to cancel your flight. Tickets can usually be rebooked on KLM’s website. You may be asked to pay a rebooking fee and a handling charge, depending on the type of ticket you purchased. If you rebook a ticket that turns out to be more expensive than your original flight, you’ll need to pay the difference. As a general rule, as long as there are still seats available, you can usually rebook your ticket in the same fare class or higher.

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How is KLM Compensation Calculated?

There is a popular misconception about KLM compensation which is the amount of compensation you are owed depends on the price of your ticket. It isn’t. According to EC 261, which elaborates on air passenger rights, the amount of KLM compensation you are owed when you’ve suffered a flight delay is based on the distance of your flight.

Our helpful chart breaks down what you are owed based on the distance of your flight. Note that because EC 261 is an EU law, the compensation currency is always given out in Euros.

And remember, when in doubt of how much KLM compensation you are owed, you can follow this link to our free compensation checker and find out in minutes how much you are entitled to for your flight disruption

  • €250 for flights delayed three hours or more, in which the total flight distance is less than 1,500 km
  • €400 for flights delayed three hours or more, in which the total flight distance is between 1,500 km and 3,500 km (or more than 1,500 km within the EU).
  • €300 for flights delayed between three and four hours
  • €600 for flights delayed more than four hours, in which the total flight distance is more than 3,500 km (or between an EU and non-EU airport).

If your flight is delayed five hours or more, by law, the airline has to give you:

  • A full refund for the flight
  • A full refund for other flights in that same reservation which you won’t be able to make
  • A flight back to your original point of departure (the first airport you departed from)
  • Food and drinks
  • Access to phone calls and e-mail
  • Accommodation if you're delayed overnight as well as transportation between the airport and the hotel

When Are You Not Entitled to KLM Compensation?

According to EU legislation, there are circumstances when a KLM flight delay or cancellation will not lead to compensation.

This is when the delay or cancellation is due to extraordinary circumstances, which is loosely defined as scenarios beyond an airline’s control. These situations include but are not limited to: lightning strikes; medical emergencies; and strikes by airport or air traffic control staff. However, if the airline staff members strike, then the affected flight qualifies for compensation because airline management is considered responsible for their employees’ behavior.

However, note that if an airline explains that a flight delay or cancellation occurs because of “technical difficulties” or “operational difficulties,” these circumstances do not count as “extraordinary circumstances.”

That means you are still eligible for flight compensation.

KLM Lost Baggage Compensation and KLM Delayed Baggage Compensation

Unfortunately, circumstances like technical problems or bad weather can lead to baggage getting damaged or not arriving at the destination airport at the same time as the passenger.

KLM Lost Baggage Compensation

If you traveled on KLM and find out that your luggage never arrived at the airport, you could be entitled to KLM lost baggage compensation.

We’ve written an article that gives an easy-to-read list of all the important things to do if your baggage gets bashed up on a KLM flight, read the list here.

KLM Delayed Baggage Compensation

If your baggage arrives later than expected and leads to dire consequences for your journey, you could be entitled to KLM delayed baggage compensation. Read our helpful list of the correct action to take and the documents you will need in this situation.

Why Should I Claim My Compensation With AirHelp?

“Each year almost nine million passengers are entitled to compensation for delayed and canceled flights, as well as denied boarding. Yet, 87% of travelers do not know their rights.

Only 66% of these people will file for the compensation that they are legally owed.

68% of travelers feel that they are not informed by airlines following a flight disruption, so AirHelp is the perfect solution for frustrated, time-is-of-the-essence passengers facing delays which are out of their control. AirHelp offers travelers a hassle-free experience for gaining the compensation that is rightfully theirs.”

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About KLM

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, legally Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V., is the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands. KLM is headquartered in Amstelveen, with its hub at nearby Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It is part of the Air France–KLM group, and a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance.

KLM Headquarters

Address: P.O. Box 7700, 1117 ZL Schiphol, The Netherlands

Airline IATA Code: KL