Compensation for Barcelona Airport Flight Cancellations and Delays


According to EU law, Barcelona Airport flight cancellations and delay compensation can be up to $700 (€600) per passenger. So after a frustrating flight, skip the stress and claim with the world’s leading air passenger rights experts. We have helped millions of passengers to date and win more claims than anyone else in the industry.

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Your rights: Canceled or Delayed Flights from Barcelona Airport

The first thing you need to know about Barcelona Airport flight cancellations and delays is that they are covered by a law called EU Regulation No. 261/2004. Shortened to EC 261, this law protects air passengers’ rights and ensures everyone is fairly treated by airlines.

EC 261 is one of the most comprehensive air passenger rights regulations in the world. It covers all of the EU, as well as its special territories such as the Azores and Canary Islands. Since Barcelona Airport is based in the EU, passengers traveling from here are protected.

With EC 261, you get the right to care while waiting, as well as compensation if your flight was unexpectedly canceled or delayed by more than 3 hours. In these cases, each affected passenger can receive up to $700.

Is your flight covered by EC 261?

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

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When do you Not Get Compensated for Barcelona Airport Delays and Cancellations?

Not all Barcelona Airport cancellations and delays qualify for flight compensation. While EC 261 is very air passenger rights friendly, it does recognize that disruptions cannot always be avoided. If the disruption is caused by extraordinary circumstances, airlines are not legally obligated to pay compensation.

Extraordinary circumstances include situations that are outside the airline’s control, such as severe weather conditions, medical emergencies, political unrest, and health or safety threats.

Of course, just because you are not eligible for compensation, doesn’t mean that you now have to fend for yourself. During a lengthy delay, the airline must still provide you with free meals and drinks, and, if needed, a hotel while you wait.

For canceled flights, they will also have to provide you with an alternative flight to your intended destination. Remember that you never have to pay extra for a replacement flight — even if they upgrade you.

Claiming Compensation for Barcelona Airport Delays and Cancellations

So, how do you know when you should claim compensation for Barcelona airport canceled flights? Though the law can be complicated, we're here to break it down for you:

Flights departing from an EU airport are eligible for compensation, as are flights landing in the EU with a European airline. The amount you receive varies depending on the length of the delay and the distance, but each passenger can get up to $700.

For cancellations, you get compensated if your airline cancels a flight less than 14 days before it is scheduled to depart. For delays, your flight qualifies if you arrive at your final destination more than 3 hours late. You can learn more about your rights here.

Don’t stress over the fine details of your delayed or canceled flight. AirHelp can assess your case for you and make a claim on your behalf — we do all the legal stuff for you.

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How Much Compensation can you Get?

Distance Compensation
All flights under 1,500 km Up to €250 per person
Internal EU flights over 1,500 km Up to €400 per person
Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 - 3,500 km Up to €400 per person
Non-internal EU flights over 3,500 km Up to €600 per person

Table shows values in € as specified in EC 261

The distance of your flight route can affect how much compensation you receive. The table above breaks it down for you, though in some cases exceptions may apply.

What to Do After Cancellations and Delays in Barcelona Airport

If you ever experience cancellations or delays in Barcelona Airport, having a good understanding of your rights helps will go a long way to making the situation less stressful. Always keep a level head, and ask the airline staff for assistance if needed. Here are some things to remember:

  • Be sure to collect proof that the flight was canceled or delayed. This includes emails or texts from the airline, as well as photos of the departure board and airport.
  • Keep all of your travel documents, such as your boarding pass, luggage tags, and flight confirmation.
  • Ask the airline for the reason behind the delay.
  • Ask the airline to provide free meals and refreshments.
  • Pay close attention to what the airline offers you — read the fine print and don’t sign anything that tells you to waive your right to compensation.
  • Keep all receipts of unexpected expenditures during the delay to prove that the disruption cost you money.

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