Depending on your flight itinerary and your airline, you could be entitled to flight compensation if you Qatar World Cup flight was delayed or cancelled. Here are the different scenarios in which you can claim flight compensation:
You were flying with an EU airline (e.g. KLM)
You were flying with a British airline (e.g. British Airways)
You were flying with a non-EU/non-UK airline but you were leaving from the EU or the UK
This means that your return flight to the UK or the EU won’t be eligible for compensation if you were flying with a non-UK/non–EU airline (e.g. Qatar Airways).
If your World Cup flight was delayed by more than 3 hours, you could get flight compensation of up to £520 per passenger. For you to be eligible, the airline must be the party at fault for the delay (see the “Extraordinary Circumstances” section of this page for more information).
If your World Cup flight was cancelled, you could get flight compensation of up to £520 per passenger and/or the full monetary refund of your ticket. Continue reading to learn more!
Did your World Cup flight get cancelled? Then, you could get flight compensation! Just make sure your situation meets the following criteria:
Your World Cup flight was cancelled less than 14 days before departure.
The airline was the party at fault for the cancellation of your World Cup flight (see the “Extraordinary Circumstances” section of this page to learn more).
You can request a full monetary refund of your World Cup flight ticket if your flight was cancelled and you did not board any alternative flight — offered or not — by the airline.
Speaking of refunds, if the airline offers you a travel voucher instead of a full monetary refund, we advise you not to accept it.
Here is why you shouldn’t accept travel vouchers from airlines:
Since airlines typically impose a deadline for redeeming the travel voucher, if you accept a travel voucher for your cancelled flight, you will be obligated to fly with the same airline going forward.
Furthermore, you risk losing your voucher and losing your money if the airline goes out of business.
Was your World Cup flight cancelled?
Don’t accept vouchers and claim flight compensation and a refund of your ticket!
Yes, as mentioned above, you can be eligible for flight compensation when returning from the World Cup if you were flying with a European or British Airline.
Due to the greater than 3,500 km distance between London and Doha, if your World Cup flight was delayed or cancelled and you are eligible for flight compensation, your compensation amount will be £520 per passenger.
Generally speaking, the distance of your flight determines how much flight compensation you receive.
For flights shorter than 1,500 km, the compensation is £220.
For flights between 1,500 and 3,500 km, the compensation is £350.
For flights of over 1,500 kilometres within the EU, the compensation is also £350.
For flights of over 3,500 kilometres outside of the EU, the compensation is £520 —but if your flight was delayed by fewer than 4 hours, the total amount might be reduced by 50%.
If you had a World Cup flight delayed or cancelled, there are some situations in which the airline can rightfully deny you flight compensation. We call them extraordinary circumstances, and they are the situations in which the airline is not the party at fault for the delay or cancellation of your World Cup flight.
Here are some examples of extraordinary circumstances:
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 leaving from the UK, you can claim for up to 6 years after your delayed or cancelled World Cup flight. Scotland is an exception, where you can only make claims for 5 years.
If your flight itinerary did not include the UK, then the time limits are different in each country.
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FIFA 2022 World Cup will take place in Qatar from November 20th, 2022. The grand finale will take place on December 18th, 2022. Lots of fans all over the world are currently rushing to Qatar to be able to watch their favourite national teams playing.
Doha Hamad International Airport is the only commercial airport in Qatar. This means that if you are flying to the World Cup, you will arrive at this airport. The airport serves international destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and North America. Hamad International is the main airport for Qatar Airways, the national airline of Qatar that flies to over 150 different destinations, making the Qatar Fifa World Cup easily accessible.
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