Assessment of legal validity
You may be entitled to receive up to £501.00 per person.
Your passenger rights matter if you are flying in, to and from the European Union. There is legislation that protects your rights so that you are able to receive compensation if your flight is disrupted (delayed, cancelled or overbooked). What follows is an overview of what you need to know about your rights, the exceptions and, most importantly, how to ensure you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.
The British flag carrier needs no introduction. Loved by Britain’s citizens, not all of them know that they are able to claim compensation if one’s British Airways flight has been delayed, cancelled or overbooked. Your rights as a BA passenger are protected by Regulation EC No 261/2004, a regulation that specifically outlines your passenger rights.
In most cases, you’ll be able to claim if you’ve arrived at your final destination with a delay of more than 3 hours (2 for cancellations). And, as established by the previously mentioned regulation, you can claim your compensation, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, up to 6 years after the date of the flight.
These are the most relevant conditions that apply when assessing if you’re entitled to compensation from British Airways:
Set by the legislation, the total amount you may receive as compensation is defined by the flight schedule and the distance between the airport of departure and arrival. Connecting flights are taken into account when assessing your situation. In other words, your whole booking is covered by the regulation. Consequently, it’s the distance between your initial airport of departure and your final destination what will determine the total amount of money that you may receive in compensation for your delayed, overbooked or cancelled flight. Connecting flights are covered as long as they have been booked under the same reference. Put differently, if they are part of the same ticket or schedule.
Please remember 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 total amount of compensation is reduced by 50%. The regulation defines the total amounts in euros and they are €250, €400 and €600.
The airline should provide you with proper care in the event of a long delay or flight cancellation. This may include the following:
If you have incurred additional costs because you did not receive the corresponding assistance and/or care, you have the right to be reimbursed. Remember to keep your itemised invoices and receipts. The request for reimbursement may also be attached to your claim for compensation.
Enter the date and flight number of your British Airways flight in our claim calculator below to see if you can claim compensation for your delay or cancellation. You will also know the total amount of compensation you may be entitled to.
Missed connections are also covered by the regulation. Let us explain! If your British Airways booking originated from Europe and a delay or cancellation in any of your flights has made you arrive at your final destination with a delay of 3 hours or more, you can claim compensation. The catch: all flights must be under the same booking. The distance used to determine how much money you could get in compensation will be that between your initial airport of departure and the airport at your final destination.
Regulation EC 261/2004 specifies that passengers may receive compensation if the delay, cancellation or denied boarding was caused by an incident under the responsibility of the airline. It means that the airline will have to pay compensation unless it can prove that the disruption was caused by an extraordinary circumstance. Examples of extraordinary circumstances include adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, political unrest, a threat to the safety of the flight or passengers, a passenger falling ill, etc.
To find out more about extraordinary circumstances, please visit our extraordinary circumstances page.
Very often, airlines make the process of claiming as complicated as possible in order to simply avoid compensating their passengers. They also overuse the argument that the disruption was caused by an extraordinary circumstance. Therefore, and more often than not, one sees passengers lose hope and accept the airline’s rejection as the truth.
Fortunately, we have the adequate tools and databases to ensure that your rights are enforced and to fact-check the airlines. We will even take them to court when necessary and all of the legal costs will be covered by our 25% win-fee. If you wish so, we can take care of everything and help you enforce your rights!
If you want to maximise the probability of being compensated for your British Airways flight delay, cancellation or overbooking, you can let a specialised service, like Flight-Delayed, take care of the whole ordeal. We will gladly help you get what is yours, all under our no win, no fee agreement.
If you’re uncertain if your flight delay or cancellation qualifies for compensation, once you’ve submitted your claim our team of experts will analyse the circumstances and assess your situation. If your claim has already been rejected by British Airways, you can still submit your claim and our team will verify and fact-check the airline’s arguments. Very often, they assess the situation wrongly and reject perfectly valid claims; so don’t give up that easily and don’t worry, we’re here to help you!
The British flag carrier was established in 1924 and operates a fleet size of 276 aircraft, of which most aircraft are of the Airbus A320 model. The airline holds 32 Boeing 747 as well as 58 Boeing 777 dedicated to all long-haul flights, which serve up to 170 destinations in 70 countries. When it comes to punctuality the airline scores 69.7% in on-time performance, securing 141st rank amongst all other global airline, according to an OAG report of September 2019.
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