If you were booked on a flight that was delayed by more than three hours, or your flight was canceled, then you may be able to claim between £110 and £530 in compensation – and there’s no charge for making the claim.
Considering that there are plans for Ryanair to cancel thousands of flights over the coming months – and there have been many flights canceled in the past, there are a lot of people who can claim compensation. You can backdate claims to 2011, so it’s worth checking your records if you fly a lot.
The flight delay regulations for the UK are actually ones that come from the EU, so Brexit could change the rules on claiming. This means it’s a good idea to get your claim in as quickly as possible.
Flightdelayclaims4u.com suggest that airlines will try to block claims if they are over two years old, or if they were for a technical fault that could not have been foreseen. The courts have ruled that people can claim for old delays, and that technical faults aren’t excluded, so it’s worth claiming.
Claims must relate to a flight that left from an EU airport, or where an EU airline landed at an EU airport. There are other rules that regulate non-EU flights. The delay must be the airline’s fault as well – strikes by airport staff wouldn’t be covered – but strikes by the airline would. Underbooking would count, as would breakdowns.
The delay has to be for more than three hours – and that’s the delay for when you arrive (meaning when the plane opens its doors, not when it lands). If you take off more than three hours late, but makeup time in the air, then you cannot claim. Check those facts before you claim.