Surveys show that only 15% of all air passengers in Europe know that they might be entitled to compensation of up to 600 Euros, in the event of flight cancellations or delays of more than 3 hours. Even less people know how long after your disrupted flight you can actually still file for compensation. In the UK, you can still claim compensation up to 6 years after your flight. So, you have had bad some rough flight disruptions or have been stranded at the airport in recent years, you can easily check if you are still entitled to compensation below!
How long after my flight can I claim compensation?
While the passenger rights regulation EC 261/2004 states how much compensation passengers are entitled to, the question of how long differs in each country. National regulations determine how many years after your disrupted flight you are still eligible for compensation. What doesn’t affect your compensation eligibility is the country in which you live. The regulations of the country in which the claim for compensation is filed is important. For example, if you want to claim compensation for a flight from December 2019, you can still do so until December 2025. Some of the statutes of limitations of some European countries:
- 1 year: Belgium, Poland.
- 2 years: Croatia, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and The Netherlands.
- 3 years: Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Slovakia, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal and Romania.
- 5 years: France, Greece, Hungary, Spain and Scotland.
- 6 years: Cyprus, Ireland and the UK.
- 10 years: Luxembourg and Sweden
How much money can I claim in compensation for my disrupted flight?
Passengers have a right to financial compensation for the disruption to their booked flight. This can be as much as 600 euros per person! This right exists throughout Europe and is laid out in the EU Passenger Rights Regulation (EC) No 261/2004.
- For all flights covering a distance of up to 1,500 kilometres, you will receive up to £232.00
- For all flights covering a distance between 1,500 kilometres and 3,500 kilometres, you will receive up to £371.00
- For flights covering a distance greater than 3,500 kilometres, you are entitled to up to £557.00
Please be advised that if your flight travelled a distance greater than 3,500 kilometres and it was delayed more than 3 hours but fewer than 4, then the amount of compensation is reduced by half. The total amounts are defined in euros in the regulation and are the following: €250, €400 and €600.
If you run into flight delays or cancellations you are entitled to more than just compensation
The airline should provide you with more than just compensation in the event of a long delay or flight cancellation. This should include:
- Meals and refreshments
- Two different occasions in which you are allowed to establish communication with an individual of your choice (calls, emails, etc.)
- Hotel accommodation if necessary (one or more nights) and transport from the airport to the establishment.
You should keep all your receipts for all your other expenses that you incurred due to the inconvenience of your flight disruption, as you can claim back these expenses. This may also be attached to your other documents when you submit a claim.
How can Flight-delayed help to claim your compensation?
Enter your flight details and you will find out immediately if you can claim compensation for your flight delay, cancellation or overbooking. You can then choose to submit your claim in less than 3 minutes on a no win no fee basis. Our team will start working for you in no time and our 25% win-fee will cover all legal expenses. If necessary, we'll take the airline to court.
Our team of experts will use our database and legal expertise to determine the validity of your claim. They will redact and send all the necessary letters to the airline. If they claim that an extraordinary circumstance has occurred, we’ll thoroughly verify their arguments and the information provided. If necessary, we will start legal proceedings and take the airline to court.