Delayed or cancelled Ryanair flight? Get compensation up to £520!

You may be entitled to compensation up to £520 and/or a refund of your ticket for a cancelled or delayed Ryanair flight! Check your eligibility now with with only a few clicks!

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Key Takeaways: Ryanair Compensation

  • Ryanair flight delayed for more than 3 hours? You can get up to £520 in flight compensation!

  • Ryanair flight cancelled? You can ask for flight compensation and a full monetary refund of your ticket.

  • You can submit a claim for Ryanair compensation and refund for flights from up to 6 years ago.

  • You can submit your flight compensation claim with now with only a few steps.

Ryanair Compensation - Your passenger rights

If you want to claim a Ryanair refund or Ryanair compensation for a cancelled or delayed flight, you have to consider two separate regulations: The EU261, or European Regulation (EC) No. 261/2004; and the post-Brexit British adaptation of the former, ‘The Air Passenger Rights and Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019’.

It is thanks to these laws that if your Ryanair gets cancelled or delayed, you could be entitled to up to 520 pounds in Ryanair compensation! So, how does it work?

  • Did you experience a delayed Ryanair flight? If your flight was delayed by at least 3 hours, you are most likely entitled to flight compensation.

  • Was your Ryanair flight cancelled? If you did not take an alternative flight, you are entitled to a full monetary refund. You might also be eligible for additional Ryanair compensation if your flight was cancelled fewer than 14 days before the departure date.

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Delayed Ryanair flight — claim compensation

Did a Ryanair delay significantly impact your travel plans? If you arrived at your destination at least 3 hours late, you are likely eligible for flight compensation.

How much flight compensation can you get for a delayed Ryanair flight?

  • For all flights of fewer than 1,500 km, the compensation is £220.

  • For all flights between 1,500 and 3,500 km, the compensation is £350.

  • For all flights of over 1,500 kilometres within the EU, the compensation is also £350.

  • For all flights of over 3,500 kilometres outside of the EU, the compensation is £520 — however, if your flight was delayed by fewer than 4 hours, the total amount might be reduced by 50%.

Cancelled Ryanair flight refund and compensation

Was your Ryanair flight cancelled? Depending on the exact circumstances surrounding your cancellation, you might be eligible for a flight refund, flight compensation, or both!

When can I get a Ryanair refund?

You are entitled to a Ryanair refund if your flight was cancelled and you did not take an alternative flight offered by the airline.

If you were not offered an alternative flight at all, you are also entitled to a Ryanair refund.

When can I get a cancelled Ryanair flight compensation?

Generally, you are eligible for cancelled Ryanair flight compensation if your flight was cancelled fewer than 14 days before the departure date. Additional criteria apply — we go through all of them in the table below.

Can I get both a Ryanair refund and cancelled Ryanair flight compensation?

Yes, you can get both Ryanair refund and compensation if your Ryanair flight was cancelled fewer than 14 days prior to departure and…

  1. You were not offered an alternative flight by Ryanair.

  2. You were offered an alternative flight but did not take it. However, the alternative flight must meet the criteria presented in the table below.

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

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I travelled with Ryanair to a non-EU country. Am I still entitled to compensation and refund?

Yes. European and British air passenger rights regulations apply to all Ryanair flights.

However, it’s worthy to remember that the rules are different when flying with non-EU carriers. See the table below for more information.

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

Extraordinary circumstances — can Ryanair deny me compensation? 

Generally, you are not entitled to Ryanair compensation and refund if the flight disruption was not the fault of the airline. We call these situations extraordinary circumstances.

Some of the most common extraordinary circumstances that allow Ryanair to deny your claim are:

  • 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.

However, it’s worth noting that airlines still too often deny rightful claims by citing extraordinary circumstances as the cause of the flight cancellation or delay. Make sure to double-check whether you are entitled to Ryanair compensation and refund — for example, by using our free, no-obligation Claim Calculator.

How long do I have to claim Ryanair compensation and refund?

Since Ryanair is based in Ireland, you have up to 6 years to claim your Ryanair compensation and refund according to the laws of the UK, regardless of your itinerary.

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How long does it take to get a Ryanair refund and compensation?

Generally, Ryanair refunds for cancelled flights are processed relatively quickly.

However, if Ryanair is unresponsive or your claim is more complicated that it has to go to court, it might take longer to get your money back — from a few months up to even a few years.

“Our flight has been cancelled a few days before our trip in 2018. Ryanair refused to make compensation. continues working on our claim and make it successful finally. They are absolutely brilliant team and very reliable.”

For your convenience, we work exclusively on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.

How to claim Ryanair compensation and refund?

First, in order to make sure you are not wasting your time, use our free, no-obligation Claim Calculator to double-check if you are entitled to Ryanair compensation and/or a refund.

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Checking your Ryanair flight status ensures that you are up to date with any changes or potential delays or cancellations. To do so, simply search your flight in the interactive tool below!

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About Ryanair

Ryanair is an Irish airline, founded back in 1984. It is the largest part of the Ryanair Holdings family which includes also airlines like Ryanair UK, Buzz (Polish charter airline, formerly known as Ryanair Sun), and Malta Air. Ryanair operated more than 2,500 flights daily, connecting over 225 destinations in 37 countries.

Ryanair has, since its beginning, operated under a low-cost principle and is also commonly known to have specific cabin baggage rules, which are a regular cause of frustration among its passengers.

The low-cost principle, however, allowed Ryanair to grow extremely fast, especially during the last few years. Since 2019, Ryanair is the largest airline group in Europe, surpassing Lufthansa, which dominated the region for years.

According to OAG statistics in June 2021, Ryanair has an on-time performance of 92.8% and a 0.1% of flight cancellations.

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