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How Much Can I Claim in Compensation for my Delayed Flight?

EU law states that you can claim up to 600€ per passenger as compensation for flight delays of 3 hours or more.

The EU Regulation 261/2004 (or EC 261) acts as reference in cases of flight disruptions. It sets the rules of compensation - including how much you can claim when your flight is delayed.

While it is simple in theory, there are enough specific cases to make things complicated.

This post will help you determine exactly the amount of the compensation that the airline owes you.

Note: You can also use our free Compensation Calculator. Click here to submit your claim now - It takes only 3 minutes!

Flight Delay Compensation Amounts: General Cases

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In general, the amount of the compensation that you are entitled to is determined by the distance of the flight:

  • 250€ for flights less than 1500km
  • 400€ for flights between 1500 and 3500km
  • 600€ for flights more than 3500km

However, the compensation can be reduced by 50% based on the length of the delay.

The table below indicates exactly how much you money the airline owes you based on these two criteria.

Length of delay Distance of flight Less than 1,500 km Between 1,500 and 3,500 km More than 3,500 km
0-2 hours / / /
2-3 hours 125€ / /
3-4 hours 250€ 400€ 300€
4+ hours 250€ 400€ 600€

Submit your claim now and claim up to 600€ for your delayed flight!

Intra-Community Flights: How Much Are You Entitled To?

Intra-Community flights are flights between 2 EU members or within the territory of an EU member.

For example, a flight from Paris to La Reunion, a French overseas territory, is regarded as an intra-Community flight.

Length of delay Distance of flight Less than 1,500 km Between 1,500 and 3,500 km More than 3,500 km
0-2 hours / / /
2-3 hours 125€ / /
3-4 hours 250€ 400€ 200€
4+ hours 250€ 400€ 400€

The main difference is that with intra-Community flights, you are eligible to a maximum of 400€, even if the distance of the flight is superior to 3500km.

Let's get back to our example. A flight Paris, France - Saint Denis, La Reunion is about 9,400km (more than 3,500km):

  • If the flight arrives between 3 and 4 hours late, you are entitled to 200€ (50% of 400€)
  • If the flight arrives more 4 hours late, you are entitled to 400€

Submit your claim now and claim up to 600€ for your delayed flight!

How to Calculate Your Compensation: Other Specific Cases

If your flight was delayed during a business trip, who gets the compensation? In short, it doesn't matter who paid for the ticket: the passenger gets the compensation. However, there are cases where the company could get a refund: read the post to learn more!

You were traveling as a group? The compensation amounts above are per passenger. It means that if 5 people were on a flight of more than 3,500km that arrived 5 hours late, the group is entitled to 3,000€ (600€ for each of the 5 passengers).

Babies on delayed flights might also be entitled to compensation: it's not as simple as for regular passengers though, and your baby needs to have had a seat booked for him or her. If your infant was traveling on your lap, there is little to no hope for compensation.

At ClaimCompass, we defend your air passenger rights: we help you get a compensation for your delayed flight: get in touch if this happened to you!

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