Ethiopian Airlines flight delayed or cancelled? Get compensation and a refund!

Even though Ethiopian Airlines is not a European airline, you might, in certain circumstances, be eligible for flight compensation up to £520 under British and European regulations!  We handle the whole process of getting your money from the airline for you, including taking your claim to court, if necessary — no win, no fee!

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Key Takeaways

  • Claim flight compensation for your disrupted Ethiopian Airlines flight if you were departing from the UK/EU.

  • Ethiopian Airlines flight delayed by at least 3 hours? You might get up to £520 in compensation!

  • Ethiopian Airlines flight cancelled fewer than 14 days before departure? You might be entitled to both compensation AND a ticket refund!

  • Claim now with, the easiest and most effective way to claim flight compensation!

Ethiopian Airlines flight compensation — what are my rights?

Ethiopian Airlines is a non-EU airline. This means that the British and EU passenger rights regulations apply only to Ethiopian Airlines flights departing from the UK or the EU.

Unfortunately, when flying to the UK/EU on an airline based outside of the UK/EU, your passenger rights are not protected by the relevant UK/EU legislation. More details on this can be found in the table below.

Type of flightExampleCompensation
Flying with a British carrierTokyo to London with British AirwaysYes
Flying with a EU carrierAmsterdam to London with KLMYes
Flying with a non-UK/non-EU carrier from the UKLondon to Tokyo with Japan AirlinesYes
Flying with a non-UK/non-EU carrier to the UKTokyo to London with Japan AirlinesNo

Delayed Ethiopian Airlines flight — get compensation.

For you to be eligible for flight compensation:

  • Your Ethiopian Airlines flight from the UK/EU must be delayed by more than 3 hours,


  • The airline must be the party responsible for the delay — learn more about this in the Extraordinary Circumstances section of this article.

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Cancelled Ethiopian Airlines flight — refund and compensation rules

Depending on the circumstances of your cancelled Ethiopian Airlines flight, you can claim compensation of up to £520, a refund, or both!

When can I claim a refund for my cancelled Ethiopian Airlines flight?

If your Ethiopian Airlines flight from the UK/EU was cancelled, you may be eligible for a refund if:

  • The airline did not provide you with an alternative flight.


  • The airline did offer you an alternative flight, but you declined it.

Cancellation noticeAlternative flightCompensation
Fewer than 7 days in advanceDeparts 1h+ earlier or arrived 2h+ laterYes
7-14 days in advanceDeparts 2h+ earlier or arrived 4h+ laterYes
Fewer than 14 days in advanceNo alternative flight offeredYes + refund

You could get up to £520 in flight compensation for your delayed or cancelled Ethiopian Airlines flight.

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How much Ethiopian Airlines compensation can I get for a delayed or cancelled flight?

The amount of compensation is determined by the distance of your flight:

Distance of your flightCompensation
Flights shorter than 1,500 kmGet £220 per passenger
Flight between 1,500 and 3,500 kmGet £350 per passenger
Flights of over 1,500 kilometres within the EU
Get £350 per passenger
Flights of over 3,500 kilometres outside of the EU
Get £520 per passenger

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Extraordinary circumstances — can Ethiopian Airlines deny me compensation?

Ethiopian Airlines may refuse compensation even if your flight was delayed by at least 3 hours or cancelled at the last minute.

If the disruption was caused by a third party or a force majeure, we are dealing with extraordinary circumstances, and the airline may deny your flight compensation claim.

Here are some of the most common examples of situations where the airline cannot be held liable for the disruption:

  • Bad weather conditions, such as thick fog, heavy rain, or thunderstorms.

  • A strike, most often specifically within the aviation industry (for example, a strike of air traffic control workers at a specific airport).

    However, a strike of the airline's crew is not considered an extraordinary circumstance!

  • Political circumstances, such as a terrorist attack or general security risk due to political unrest.

  • Natural disasters, including volcanic eruptions and hurricanes.

  • A collision between the aircraft and birds or other foreign objects.

  • An ill or unruly passenger.

  • Flight delays caused by the airport staff, such as extraordinarily long queues to security checks.

Airlines frequently claim that an extraordinary circumstance occurred, even when this was not the case! They do this to avoid having to pay out compensation.

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How long do I have to claim my Ethiopian Airlines compensation and refund?

The time limit to submit a claim depends on three different laws:

  • The law of the country of departure

  • The law of the country of arrival

  • The law of the country where the airline is headquartered

In general, if your flight departed from the United Kingdom, you have 6 years to claim flight compensation and a refund.

Different time limits may apply when flying from another country: for example, if you took an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Paris, you will only be able to claim under French law, which states that you have 5 years to submit a claim for flight compensation.

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How long will it take to get my Ethiopian Airlines compensation / Ethiopian Airlines refund?

Passengers who use usually receive their money within a few weeks or months.

If the airline fails to respond and/or the claim is taken to court, the wait time could be extended by several months to several years.

If you decide to file a claim with, our team of experts will keep you updated on important developments and will always be available to answer your questions.

How to claim Ethiopian Airlines compensation / Ethiopian Airlines refund? is the easiest and fastest way to claim flight compensation!

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About Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines is the Ethiopian flag carrier airline. Its headquarters are located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The airline was established in 1945 but only started flying internationally in 1951.

Ethiopian Airlines offers flights to and from most of the continents and for a total of 110 destinations: Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the US, South Africa, Russia, Asia and more! Australia is the only continent on which the airline does not operate.

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