Be aware of flight delays this Summer

Summer is here and many of us will be planning to head abroad for a break in the sunshine. The number of people flying each year is on the rise, and so is the number of delayed or cancelled flights.

A punctuality report from the Civil Aviation Authority reveals that the number of flights departing on time from the UK's ten main airports fell to 79% in 2014.

If you find your travel plans disrupted by unexpected delays, you could well be due compensation. Back in 2004 the EU extended a law known as EC Regulation 261/2004 to cover financial compensation as well as free refreshments and accommodation, if your flight is cancelled or delayed by more than three hours or you are denied boarding against your will.

Depending on how long you are delayed for, and how far you were travelling, you could claim up to €600 per person.

There are a few rules you need to understand before you start your claim:

You have to be travelling on a flight within the EU and the flight has to be operated by an EU-based airline.

In the past a lot of airlines tried to get out of paying compensation by stating that the delay was due to "extraordinary circumstances. But in the past year, it became increasingly difficult for airlines to use this reasoning if there was a technical fault. However delays caused by bad weather, industrial actions and other force majore situations still mean that airlines do not have to pay compensations.

If you find yourself delayed and think you are entitled to compensation then get in touch with us.

You will need to tell us where and when you traveled and what airline did you fly with – this will take only a few minutes of your time and the rest will be done by us.

And remember, no win, no fee!

Written on by Jakub Kotan

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