The vast majority of travellers has experienced at least once, and probably multiple times, problems due to delayed flights. It’s something that most air travellers have at the back of their minds all the time when they go to the airport, that dull sense of dread at the back of your head as you look at the time and look at your surroundings and realize things are behind schedule.
Some things are truly beyond the control of any airline on Earth, but many other circumstances that arise during your travel experience are in fact due to negligence on the part of the airline, and therefore some sort of compensation is due. Don’t hesitate to contact professionals in the event of being affected by a delayed flight, but in the meantime, here is a rough synopsis of what your rights are in these situations:
Delays Due to Mechanical or Technical Failures:
These cases are actually the most straightforward ones; they are almost always considered to be the airline’s fault, and compensation is due in some form or other.
Delays Due to Strikes or Other Job Actions:
In cases, like these, the most important factor is whether the actions were on the part of people working for the same airline, if not, then the airline really can’t be found at fault for them. If so, they probably are at fault, especially in cases where they broke a promise to employees or failed to demonstrate sufficient willingness to negotiate.
Delays Due to Weather:
In these cases, there has to be some proof on the airline’s part that the weather was indeed severe enough to interfere with the operation of aircraft. This sort of thing is determined by neutral third parties. It should be kept in mind, however, that many people assume that just because an airline claims a flight was delayed due to weather, that there doesn’t need to be any compensation. The fact is, many airlines use this as an excuse to get out of giving people what they are due, and too many naive people just buy it.
How Much Am I Entitled To?
Your compensation can include up to 540 pounds in cash, and also may include such things as hotels for overnight delays, meals, and round trip ground transport between the airport and the hotel. It’s always a good idea to check with a law firm who specializes in these cases, because the compensation may well be more than you thought possible.