You can get Ireland delayed or cancelled flight compensation if:
- your flight was delayed by more than 3 hours upon arrival or
- if the cancellation of your Ireland flight was announced less than 14 days before departure. Note that the airline must also be responsible for the flight disruption.
The amount of compensation for flight delays and cancellations in Ireland 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|
Remember that if your flight is delayed or cancelled, the airline owes you a special assistance called the 'right to care'. This includes food and beverage vouchers, communication, transportation and if needed hotels. You can claim those vouchers directly at the airline’s service desk at the airport. If the airline doesn’t provide you with vouchers, you can buy what you need and keep the receipts — the airline will have to reimburse you.
If the following requirements are met, and your flight to or from Ireland was delayed, you may be eligible for flight compensation of up to £520:
You arrived at your final destination over 3 hours later than anticipated, AND,
The delay was the airline's fault. (For further details, read this page's section on "Extraordinary Circumstances;" for delays brought on by unforeseeable circumstances or actions of a third party, the airline is not compelled to refund passengers.)
If your Ireland flight was cancelled, you might be entitled to a full ticket refund, up to £520 in flight compensation, or even both in some situations. Continue reading to learn more about the instances in which you might qualify for these benefits!
You may be qualified for up to £520 in flight compensation per person if:
Your Ireland flight was cancelled fewer than 14 days before departure, AND,
The airline was responsible for the cancellation (See the "Extraordinary Circumstances" section of this page for more information on the circumstances in which the airline may rightfully refuse to compensate passengers.)
|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|
When your Ireland flight is cancelled, you can also get the full refund of your ticket. This is different from the compensation. Ireland flight compensation in the event of a cancelled flight is offered by the airline to the passengers when they are at fault for the cancellation and that they need to compensate passengers. However, the refund is something that all passengers can get, as long as they did not fly with the airline in the end.
Take note that if you received no different flight option, you are still entitled to a ticket refund.
In general, we advise against accepting travel vouchers from airlines.
This is because accepting a travel voucher binds you to book future flights on the same airline. Furthermore, most airlines have a deadline for redeeming a voucher.
If the airline declares bankruptcy and you lose your money, you may find it difficult to convert your voucher into cash.
If you were flying to Ireland, the conditions to receive flight compensation or a refund for your delayed or cancelled flight to Ireland are slightly different.
For your delayed or cancelled flight to Ireland, you can receive flight compensation if:
You were flying from a European country or the UK
You were flying with a European or British airline
If your flight to Ireland was with a non-EU/UK airline and your flight departed from a non-EU country, your flight won’t be subject to European regulations regarding flight compensation. More detailed information can be found in the table below:
|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|
Extraordinary circumstances are situations where the airline is not to blame for the delay or cancellation. If any of the following circumstances apply to your Ireland flight delay or cancellation (this list is not exhaustive), you may not be entitled to flight compensation:
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.
The time limit for claiming flight compensation is determined by the law of the country you are flying from, the country you are flying to, and the location of the airline's headquarters.
The United Kingdom has one of the longest deadlines for filing a claim for flight compensation with up to 6 years from the original travel date. Scotland is an exception, where you have five years to file a claim.
When passengers use Flight-Delayed.co.uk to claim for a flight refund or compensation, they usually get their money within a few weeks or months.
However, if the airline refuses to respond and/or the claim must be filed in court, the wait time could be longer since we must await the court's decision.
Regardless of how long it takes to process your claim, our legal team will keep you updated on any significant changes.
It won't take long to upload all the necessary documents to our platform. Then, after evaluating your claim and preparing legal paperwork, our staff will get in touch with the airline and, if required, file a lawsuit against it.
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Ireland has 5 international airports: Dublin Airport, Cork Airport, Shannon Airport and Knock Airport (Ireland West Airport Knock). From there, some national airlines allow you to fly within Ireland but also internationally, such as Aer Lingus, CityJet and the low-cost airline Ryanair.
- More details on delayed flight compensation
- More details on cancelled flight compensation
- Post-Brexit flight compensation rules in the UK
- Rules regarding missed flight compensation
- Rules regarding flight compensation in the case of denied boarding
- Claim Calculator — check if you are eligible for compensation