You may have heard about flight delay compensation and the requirement for our flight to be delayed by 3 hours or more in order to qualify for up to €600 in compensation. But what if your flight was delayed by less than 3 hours but the flight delay meant you missed a connecting flight?
This also qualifies for flight delay compensation. The EU regulations deal with connecting flights provided you booked them in one go with the airline. If you did, if one of the flights was delayed and you missed the on-ward flight, you would probably have arrived at your final destination more than 3 hours late.
For the purposes of the regulations, the series of flights are treated as one trip. If you arrived at your final destination more than 3 hours late then, it does not matter if the delayed flight that caused you to miss a connecting flight was delayed for less than 3 hours. You would need to show that the delay was enough to cause you to miss your connection. This is often easy if the connecting flight has already left by the time you arrive or if you only have 10 minutes to catch it!
The other good news is that the total distance of your combined flights is used to calculate the amount of flight delay compensation you are entitled to receive. If for example, you were flying to Paris then onward to New York, your total distance would be over 3,000km so you would be entitled to €600 compensation if you arrived in New York more than 3 hours later than scheduled.
So, if you missed a connection due to the late arrival of a flight, please get in touch with us. We may be able to get you some flight delay compensation.
If you’ve had a problem with a delayed flight and you think you may be entitled to flight delay compensation, why not try putting your flight details into our compensation calculator. It only takes a minute and you may be entitled to compensation of up to €600.