Flight Delay Compensation Is Now a Reality

Anyone who has experienced a flight delay failure and even flight cancellation can now take advantage of a new European Union (EU) law that allows anyone to be inconvenienced in this way at the loss of the delay payment.

The EU law, called the Denied Boarding Regulation, means that the airline must pay you a flight delay payment in accordance with an agreed size of payment placed in the new law. Payment can be anything up to 600 Euros, depending on certain circumstances, for each person affected by delay or cancellation. The good news is you can claim for flight delays and cancellations for a return of six years.

The Boarding Regulation direct directive applies to any and all flights made from any airport within the European Union to another airport. It does not take into account the airline involved. The law also applies to any flight from an airport outside of the European Union but tied to an airport within the European Union, as the airline concerned is a European airline (in other words, licensed to work in any EU country and recognized by all member states of the European Union).

The level of flight delay fees is measured according to two broad criteria, and they are the length of the flight and the duration of the delay. The length of the flight is classified according to existing and established standards, short delivery, delivery medium, and long trip. The meaning of each one is as follows:

  • Short haul – any flight up to 1,500 kilometers (932 miles)

  • Medium vessel – any flight between 1,500 kilometers and 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles)

  • Long haul – any flight longer than 3,500 kilometers

Other criteria affecting the cost of payment, the length of the delay, affects the payout level because the airline's payable amount will be reduced by 50% if the delay (as measured by the time of arrival at the official flight destination) is less than two hours in short cases, less than three hours in delivery media cases, and less than four hours in cases where it is a long trip. For obvious reasons, if the flight is canceled completely it does not qualify for a 50% reduction in payout.

Here one will see some doubts that may be developing what constitutes an experience that is considered worthy of such compensation. The airline, or carrier, is concerned with whether a valid claim can be made, including the start of the airport and the destination airport, the length of the flight and the nature and length of the delay. So the quickest way to see if a claim is valid is to enter all the details anyway and see if your flight delay payment is successful.