British Airways Strike: Compensation

    British Airways Strike: Compensation

    If you’ve been affected by a British Airways strike, then you’ve come to the right place. If you have experienced delays or cancellations due to an airline strike and were traveling to or from the EU, you may be entitled to up to $700 in airline strike compensation.

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    British Airways Strike Compensation: Know Your Rights

    As air passengers, we are protected by a piece of EU law called EC 261. It holds airlines financially accountable for flight disruptions that they are responsible for. That includes flight disruptions due to airline staff strikes. So if your flight was canceled due to a strike, you may be eligible for compensation under the EC 261 regulations. The law regarding this particular situation was clarified only as recently as 2018. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled that disruption caused by airline employee strikes qualifies for compensation as the airline is considered responsible for the behavior of their own staff.

    You can find out more about EC 261 and your air passenger rights here.

    Eligibility for British Airways Strike Compensation

    When am I Eligible for Flight Strike Compensation from British Airways?

    You are eligible for strike compensation if:

    • You had a flight disrupted by a British Airways staff strike.
    • Your flight was either delayed by 3 hours or more, or was canceled less than 14 days before it was due to depart.
    • You had a confirmed flight reservation.
    • The disruption occurred within the last 3 years.
    • If you took a replacement flight, your new arrival time was significantly different to your original flight.

    Airline staff strikes are strikes involving the employees of British Airways. That includes pilots, cabin crew, airline engineers, and other employees working directly for British Airways. If you book a flight which is disrupted because of a staff strike, British Airways may owe you compensation to make up for the trouble caused.

    We believe that air passenger rights should always come first – if an airline strike with British Airways causes or caused your flight to be delayed, canceled, or even result in a denied boarding, you can make a claim for compensation.

    When am I Not Eligible for Strike Compensation from British Airways?

    You are not eligible for strike compensation if the strike is one that British Airways has no control over. For example:

    • Strikes by airport security staff
    • Strikes by baggage handlers
    • Strikes by air traffic management staff
    • Strikes caused by political unrest

    While British Airways staff strikes are within the control of British Airways, all other strikes are considered to be “extraordinary circumstances”. Extraordinary circumstances are any events or situations that are completely beyond the airline’s control and cannot be avoided, even if reasonable measures have been taken to protect against them. In such cases, British Airways is not at fault.

    Check Your Eligibility for Airline Strike Compensation from British Airways with AirHelp!

    Not sure whether your flight qualifies for flight strike compensation? There are a lot of laws and exclusions, so for a quick and easy answer, all you have to do is to fill out our eligibility checker with your details. We’ll tell you if your flight qualifies and how much you’re entitled to. You can also use us to handle the claim for you.

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    What About Past British Airways Strikes?

    If you were affected by a British Airways strike in the last 3 years you might be eligible for compensation.

    Use our compensation check to see if you are eligible.

    How Much is British Airways Strike Compensation?

    The amount of compensation that you are entitled to depends on your individual circumstances, but you may be owed as much as $700 per person. Click on the type of disruption you had to find out more.

    *Some amounts on this page are shown in Euros as legal processing takes place within the European Union.

    British Airways Strike Flight Cancellation Compensation

    Sometimes, British Airways staff strikes can lead to the cancellation of your flight altogether. If you’ve had a flight canceled due to a strike, you could be owed compensation! You qualify for compensation if the airline notified you less than 14 days before your flight was due to depart, and they weren’t able to offer you an alternative flight which arrived at a similar time.

    Less than 2 hours 2 - 3 hours 3 – 4 hours More than 4 hours Never arrivedDistance
    €125 €250 €250 €250 €250All flights 1,500 km or less
    €200€200 €400 €400 €400Internal EU flights over 1,500 km
    €200 €200€400€400€400 Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 km and 3,500 km
    €300 €300 €300€600€600Non-internal EU flights over 3,500 km

    You can learn more about flight cancellations and your rights here.

    British Airways Strike Flight Delay Compensation

    British Airways strikes can sometimes cause lengthy delays and affect your arrival at your final destination. You are eligible for compensation if your flight is delayed by 3 hours or more.

    How much could you be owed when your flight with British Airways is delayed?

    Less than 3 hours 3 – 4 hours More than 4 hours Never arrivedDistance
    € –€250€250€250All flights 1,500 km or less
    € –€400€400€400Internal EU flights over 1,500 km
    € –€400€400€400Non-internal EU flights between 1,500 km and 3,500 km
    € –€300€600€600Non-internal EU flights over 3,500 km

    You can learn more about flight delay compensation here.

    Denied Boarding Compensation

    During a British Airways pilots strike, there may be instances where you are denied boarding due to an aircraft being overbooked. If you are denied boarding against your will, you may be entitled to compensation. You can learn more about denied boarding compensation here.

    Important Passenger Rights During a British Airways Airline Strike

    You Have the Right to Care

    When you experience flight disruption due to an airline strike, you have the “right to care”. Depending on the length of the delay, British Airways must provide you with several essentials, including:

    • Meals and refreshments.
    • Access to communications, including two telephone calls, fax messages, or emails.
    • Overnight accommodation, including transportation to and from the airport to your hotel, if necessary.

    Rebooking and Refunds

    If your flight has been canceled or delayed for more than five hours, you have the right to withdraw from your flight and receive a complete refund.

    If your flight was canceled, you also have the choice of taking an alternative flight, organized by British Airways, to get you to your destination. You can learn more about rebooking and refunds here.

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    Flight disruption due to airline strikes does happen, and it is your right to receive compensation if you are affected. AirHelp makes the process of claiming easy and stress-free. We handle the heavy lifting for you!

    AirHelp is one of the most successful flight compensation companies in the world, with lawyers in over 30 countries, and support in 16 languages. We use innovative technology to assess and pursue each case, which allows us to start working on your claim quickly and efficiently.

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    About British Airways

    British Airways is the largest airline in the United Kingdom based on fleet size. When measured by passengers carried, it is the second-largest in the United Kingdom behind easyJet.

    British Airways Headquarters

    British Airways is headquartered in Harmondsworth, UK. The airline is part of the Oneworld Alliance with other major airlines such as American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and others.

    Airline IATA Code: BA

    Address: British Airways Plc. Waterside PO Box 365 Harmondsworth, UB7 0GB United Kingdom

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