If you were a passenger on a cancelled or delayed Gulf Air flight, European and British laws guarantee your rights as an aviation passenger. You may be entitled to up to £520 in Gulf Air compensation and a full refund of the ticket price for your cancelled Gulf Air route in some situations (given that your flight departed from the UK/EU).
Was your Gulf Air flight delayed? If your flight was delayed for more than 3 hours, you may be entitled to flight compensation.
Was your Gulf Air flight cancelled? If you did not accept the airline's replacement flight, you may request a refund. In addition, if your flight was cancelled fewer than 14 days before departure, you may be eligible for Gulf Air flight compensation.
Whatever the cause of the flight disruption, airlines must provide special assistance to passengers, known as the "right to care." Food and beverage vouchers, communication services, and, if necessary, accommodation and transportation are all included. Claim the vouchers at the airline's service counter at the airport, and if the airline refuses to offer them, buy what you need anyway - they will be legally obligated to pay you for those expenditures (provided they are within reason).
If your flight was delayed or cancelled due to an "extraordinary circumstance," you will not be eligible for flight compensation. The airline must be to blame for the flight disruption in order to compensate passengers.
Gulf Air is a non-EU airline. This implies that the legislation governing passenger rights in the United Kingdom and the European Union only applies to Gulf Air flights departing from the United Kingdom or the European Union.
Unfortunately, your passenger rights are not guaranteed by UK/EU legislation when flying to the UK/EU on an airline based outside of the UK/EU. The table below has more information on this.
|Type of flight||Example||Compensation|
|Flying with a British carrier||Tokyo to London with British Airways||Yes|
|Flying with a EU carrier||Amsterdam to London with KLM||Yes|
|Flying with a non-UK/non-EU carrier from the UK||London to Tokyo with Japan Airlines||Yes|
|Flying with a non-UK/non-EU carrier to the UK||Tokyo to London with Japan Airlines||No|
To be eligible for flight delay compensation, you must meet the following requirements:
Your Gulf Air trip from the UK/EU must be delayed by more than 3 hours,
The airline must be the party responsible for the delay — read more about this in the “Extraordinary Circumstances” section of this page.
Depending on the circumstances of your cancelled Gulf Air flight, you may be eligible to claim up to £520 in flight compensation, a ticket refund, or both!
You can claim compensation for a Gulf Air flight if it was cancelled less than 14 days before the scheduled departure date, according to British and European flight compensation laws.
Gulf Air must be at fault for the cancellation; for additional details on when the airline can refuse compensation, see the "Extraordinary Circumstances" section of this article.
Because Gulf Air is a non-EU airline, your right to compensation is restricted to flights departing from the UK/EU.
If your Gulf Air flight from the UK/EU was cancelled, you may be eligible for a refund if your case meets the following criteria:
The airline did not offer you an alternative flight.
The airline did offer you an alternative flight, which you turned down.
|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|
You may be disqualified for flight compensation if you decide to cancel your Gulf Air flight under British/European air passenger rights rules and regulations. To discover more about Gulf Air's refund and compensation policies, visit their website or contact their customer care department.
If you booked both flights as part of the same reservation and the delay or cancellation meets the criteria, you may be entitled to compensation and/or a ticket refund under UK/EU air passenger rights legislation.
Check the status of your flight before heading to the airport to be prepared for any last-minute changes to your itinerary. You may immediately determine the status of your Gulf Air flight by visiting the airline's, airport's, or flight monitoring websites.
The amount of compensation awarded per passenger depends on the distance of your flight:
Gulf Air may refuse compensation even if your flight was delayed for 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 will have a justifiable reason to deny your flight compensation claim.
Here are some of the most prevalent scenarios in which the airline cannot be held accountable 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 sometimes declare that an extraordinary circumstance took place, even when this is not the case! They do so to avoid having to pay compensation.
If your flight originated in the United Kingdom, you have 6 years to claim flight compensation and a refund.
When flying from another country, different time limits may apply. For example, if you took a Gulf Air flight from Paris, you will only be eligible to claim under French legislation, which specifies that you have 5 years to file a claim for flight compensation.
Flight-Delayed.co.uk passengers typically receive their money within a few weeks or months.
The wait time may be prolonged if the airline fails to respond and/or the claim is filed in court.
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Gulf Air is Bahrain's state-owned airline and flag carrier. The airline was founded in 1950 as Gulf Aviation by British pilot Freddie Bosworth and became one of the earliest commercial airlines in the Middle East.
The airline, based in Muharraq, conducts scheduled flights from its hub at Bahrain International Airport to cities in Africa, Europe, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and the Far East.
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