What if it’s a 2 hour flight delay?
What if your flight is only 2, not 3 or more hours late?
Could you be entitled to EU flight delay compensation?
Yes, you could be. There are situations when you could be entitled to compensation up to 600 euro per passenger, even when your flight delay is under 3 hours. Even though it’s a lesser known fact, most of people know only about 3 hour flight delay compensation, situations like these happen a lot.
And you may have already experienced that yourself.
Mostly your delay has to be at least 3 hours.
But… there are situations, when 2 hour flight delay is enough for you to be entitled to compensation. And in some situations even a shorter delay counts.
Here we are talking about flight cancellations and connecting flights.
There are very specific rules about providing you with a new flight.
And sometimes you can get a compensation when you have to wait 2 hours.
The same is true with connecting flights.
Let’s start with flight cancellations.
When a company cancels a flight, it has to offer a new flight.
If that happens less than 7 days before the scheduled time of departure, and your new flight departs not more than 1 hour before the original departure time, and you reach your final destination 2+ hours late, then you might be entitled to full compensation (up to €600).
It must be your airlines fault.
For example, technical problems are considered your airline’s fault.
Otherwise you will not be entitled to compensation.
If you are travelling on a single ticket, you are protected.
If your flight is late, and you miss the next one, your airline has to take care of that. The airline has to put you on another flight. For free.
It doesn’t matter if that’s their fault or not.
And if that is their fault, you may also be entitled to flight delay compensation. When it comes to connecting flights, what matters is the time of arrival to your final destination. Your first flight might be only 30 or 60 minutes late, but if because of that you arrive to your final destination 3+ hours late, you will be entitled to flight delay compensation.
It may be also a very long wait until your next flight.
In that case you will be given a free hotel room and/or free meals.
But the airline will still owe you a compensation.
See, even a 30-minute delay may result in you getting a compensation.
Here rules are even more simple.
If it’s a 3-hour delay, if you arrive 3+ hours late, mostly you will be entitled to flight delay compensation up to €600 per passenger. The longer the journey, the more you can claim.
Assuming that it’s your airlines fault.
It’s about flight cancellations again.
When a company cancels a flight, it has to offer you a new one.
If that happens 7 - 14 days before the scheduled time of departure, and your new flight departs not more than 2 hour before the original departure time, and you reach your final destination 4+ hours late, only then you might be entitled to compensation.
What are the EU flight compensation rules?
First of all, you must be flying to or from Europe.
If you are flying from a country outside the European Union your flight must be with a European airline. In other situations it applies also to flights with non-EU airlines.
Yes, these rules apply also to tourists travelling in Europe.
This applies also to charter airlines.
In this case Europe means all EU Member States, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Reunion, Mayotte, Saint Martin (French Antilles), the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland.