To be eligible for cancelled flight compensation, your Finnair flight must have been cancelled fewer than 14 days prior to the original departure date.
The airline may rightfully deny you compensation in some cases. See the "Extraordinary Circumstances" section of this article for more information on such situations.
If your Finnair flight got cancelled, you could get a refund if:
The airline did not offer you an alternative flight.
The airline did offer you an alternative flight, but you decided not to take it.
|Cancellation notice||Alternative flight||Compensation|
|Fewer than 7 days in advance||Departs 1h+ earlier or arrived 2h+ later||Yes|
|7-14 days in advance||Departs 2h+ earlier or arrived 4h+ later||Yes|
|Fewer than 14 days in advance||No alternative flight offered||Yes + refund|
The amount of compensation depends on the distance of your flight:
|Distance of your flight||Compensation|
|Flights shorter than 1,500 km||Get £220 per passenger|
|Flight between 1,500 and 3,500 km||Get £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|
Finnair can deny flight compensation if the delay or cancellation was caused by a third party or force majeure. These situations are referred to as extraordinary circumstances.
Some of the most common extraordinary circumstances 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.
If you were flying from the UK, you have 6 years to claim compensation and refund. The exception is Scotland, where you have 5 years to claim.
Depending on the flight route, the time limit to submit a claim might vary as it depends on: the law of the country of departure, the law of the country of arrival, as well as the law of the country where the airline is headquartered.
Check if you can still get compensation and a refund from Finnair with our free Claim Calculator.
Passengers who use Flight-Delayed.co.uk to seek flight compensation or a refund often receive their money within a few weeks or months.
However, if the airline fails to respond and/or the claim must be filed in court, the wait time could be months or even years.
Rest assured, regardless of how long your Finnair claim takes, our team will keep you updated on any significant developments in your case and will be available to answer any questions you may have.
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