Flight delays happen and very often it’s the airline’s fault. Some passengers just keep a stiff upper lip trying to adjust their plans to unexpected circumstances and forget about that incident while others don’t want to put up with that and decide to claim compensation for wasted time. And they have the right to do so and get up to £510 (regardless of your ticket price) in compensation pursuant to EU rule 261/2004. If you’ve experienced some flight delays since 2010, you’re entitled to compensation now. All you need to do is to write to your airline requesting compensation referring to EU regulations. However, not all of the airlines are ready to pay and some may reject your claim. In the latter case, you can take a company to court.
Before you claim for a flight delay, check if you’re entitled to it.
The delay was more than three hours. It counts as a three-hour delay only when your plane arrives at the destination more than three hours later than the scheduled time. If the take-off is delayed for more than three hours but you arrive 2.5 hours late, your case doesn’t fall under this law.
It was an EU flight. Since it’s the EU rule, you’re entitled to compensation if your plane left an EU airport irrespective of airline or if you fly an EU airline and land in the EU airport. It means that flying from the US to the UK, your flight should be organized by a European company.
Your flight took place after 2010. The law specifies that you can get compensated for any flight that was delayed starting from 2005. But in reality, your airline may refuse your claim if the delayed flight is older than six years.
It was the airline’s fault. If your flight was delayed due to political unrest, bad weather, or volcanic eruption, you’re not entitled to compensation. There must be the airline’s fault in the delay: the pilot is late or the runway is blocked.
Remember that the amount of compensation is fixed and it should be paid in cash.