If you are a frequent traveler, you would have experienced delays in your flights. Most often you would just bear with it and wait until the airlines reschedule or the flight finally departs. However, if you are flying in within the European Union, you may not have to be at the receiving end of these delays anymore.
Airlines in Europe
Under European guideline 261/2004, any flight that is canceled or delayed beyond 3 hours would require the carrier to give the passenger a full refund and free flight. Many passengers are not aware of this and airlines try to give a few small snacks and get away with taking the passengers for free. After reading this, you will know that you have the right under a supreme court ruling to claim flight delay compensation for flights that you have experienced long delays or cancellations.
How to apply for a claim
Ideally, the airline should be the one doing this if they wish to follow the rules correctly. However, since many passengers are not aware, they will quietly ignore it and leave the passengers to their own devices. If you have such an experience, you may wish to contact a law firm that handles such claims.
Flight delay compensation calls for quite a bit of paperwork and the right wording to be used when filing for the claim. If you do not know the exact law and rulings that govern them, you may not be able to get the claim you are entitled to from the airline.
There are individual solicitors and law companies that specialize in this area and can help you get your claim withing a matter of weeks. You will not be required to pay any fees initially as they would operate on a no win no fee basis. They will know every little detail of this, and many have a great rate of success in such matters.
Relevant to the EU
Keep in mind that these guidelines apply to airlines that are based in the EU and travel to and from EU destinations. If you are using an airline which is not based in the EU and originating from outside the European Union, you may not be able to apply for compensation as the laws governing such carriers may differ based on the country of region they are based.
The next time you fly withing the EU and experience a delay or cancellation of flight, remember that you do not have to bear with it and the airline is bound to compensate you for the loss.