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Your rights to compensation do eventually expire, so it’s important to know which Statute of Limitations applies to your claim. This varies from country to country. We have put together a handy chart for you.Start a Claim
The first step when claiming compensation is making sure that your your claim is not time-barred, i.e. that it is not too late to claim.
Your rights to compensation eventually do expire. This expiration date varies according the applicable law (EU Regulation, US Federal laws, the Montreal Convention etc.) and from one country to another, so it’s important to verify beforehand.
Statutes of limitations are laws passed by legislative bodies to set the maximum time after an event within which legal proceedings may be initiated. When the period of time specified in a statute of limitations passes, a claim might no longer be filed, or, if filed, may be struck out.
That time period is measured from the date of arrival at the final destination, the date on which the service ought to have been performed, or the date on which you actually arrived (if different).
The statute of limitation is specific to the country that has jurisdiction to settle your dispute. The court of a country has jurisdiction because it has what is called "territorial" jurisdiction. Below are the general principles that apply to territorial jurisdiction. To determine which court has territorial jurisdiction to deal with your case, visit our page on competent courts. Beware, several countries can have jurisdiction over your case.
The 'defendant' rule: You can always file a claim in the country where the defendant, i.e. the operating carrier, is incorporated. For instance, if your claim is against Air France, you can file your claim in France. Therefore, France's statute of limitation will apply.
The 'place of performance' rule: In travel disruption claims, you will generally also be able to file a claim in the country where the issue arose. Both the place of departure and of final arrival are deemed places of performance by the governing case laws. For instance, if your claim deals with a delayed flight from Madrid to Rome operated by Easyjet, you will be able to file a claim in Spain and in Italy (in addition to the UK pursuant to the defendant's rule above mentioned). Note that under the Montreal Convention, only the place of arrival is considered a "place of performance".
|Country||Claim based on the EU 261, EU 1371 and EU 1177 RegulationsWhen a claim is filed under one of these regulation, the Statute of Limitations varies from one country to the next.||Claim based on the Montreal Convention*Under the Montreal Convention, you have 2 years to file a claim for compensation resulting from a flight disruption or a luggage issue.|
|Austria||3 years||2 years|
|Belgium||1 year||2 years|
|Bulgaria||5 years||2 years|
|Croatia||3 years||2 years|
|Cyprus||6 years||2 years|
|Czech Republic**||3 years||2 years|
|Denmark||3 years||2 years|
|Estonia||3 years||2 years|
|Finland||3 years||2 years|
|France||5 years||2 years|
|Germany***||3 years||2 years|
|Greece||5 years||2 years|
|Hungary||5 years||2 years|
|Iceland||2 years||2 years|
|Ireland||6 years||2 years|
|Italy||26 months||2 years|
|Latvia||10 years||2 years|
|Lithuania||3 years||2 years|
|Luxembourg||10 years||2 years|
|Malta||No limit||2 years|
|Netherlands||2 years||2 years|
|Norway||3 years||2 years|
|Poland||1 year||2 years|
|Portugal||3 years||2 years|
|Romania||3 years||2 years|
|Slovakia||2 years||2 years|
|Slovenia||3 years||2 years|
|Spain||5 years||2 years|
|Sweden****||3 years||2 years|
|Switzerland||2 years||2 years|
|United Kingdom||6 years||2 years|
|Slovakia||2 years||2 years|
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