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Get airline compensation for cancelled flight.

If your flight to or from the EU is cancelled, Regulation (EC) 261/2004 provides for a right to compensation ranging from €250 to €600 plus additional compensation based on actual damages suffered.

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Cancelled FlightEU 261 Scope

EU 261 Regulation is applicable in the following situations:

Leaving the EU

Your cancelled flight is covered everytime your departure point is a European airport, no matter who the operating air carrier is. For instance, a flight from Milan (Italy) to New York (USA) operated by Delta Airlines is covered.

Arriving in the EU

Your cancelled flight is covered if your arrival point is a European airport, as long as the operating air carrier is European, no matter where you come from. For instance, a flight from Rio to Paris with Air France is covered.

Important note: Island, Norway, Morocco and Switzerland and the so-called "outermost regions" (i.e. French Guiana and Martinique, Mayotte, Guadeloupe and La Réunion, Saint-Martin, Madeira and the Azores, and the Canary Islands) apply the EU 261 Regulation as well.

Cancelled FlightEU 261 Compensation

You are entitled to compensation even if you have been rerouted or refunded. You will not be entitled to compensation if the airlines notified you about the cancellation 14 days or more before the scheduled flight and/or if your flight was cancelled by extraordinary circumstances.

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DistanceCompensation per passenger
Less than 1500 km250 €
Between 1500 km and 3500 km*400 €
More than 3500 km**600 €
Additional Compensation
€€€Based on proven losses
  • * All EU internal flights of more than 1500 km and all other flights between 1500 km and 3500 km.
  • ** All non EU internal flights of more than 1500 km.

Additional Damages

You can always claim more than the EU 261 fixed compensation if you can demonstrate further losses.

Unlike all others, we will systematically claim a refund of your additional damages. More money for you.

Head of damagesAmount
EU 261 Compensation600 €
Car Rental60 €
Lost Accommodation150 €
Transportation costs40 €
Compensation from Air France850 €*

* Based of a EU 261 compensation assumption of 600€.

Important note: If you arrive to your final destination on an alternative flight (a) by less than two hours, in respect of all flights of 1500 kilometres or less; or (b) by less than three hours, in respect of all iEU internal flights of more than 1500 kilometres and for all other flights between 1500 and 3500 kilometres; or (c) by less than four hours, in respect of all flights not falling under (a) or (b), the operating air carrier may reduce the compensation by 50%.

Cancelled FlightEU 261 Care and Assistance

Whatever the reason behind the cancellation of your flight, you are always entitled to choose between a ticket refund and a rerouting.

Ticket Refund

The law provides that airlines must refund your ticket no later than 7 days after the scheduled flight by bank transfer. You are entitled to a refund of both your outward and return flights if the return flight is cancelled and to a refund of your return flight if you have already flown your outward flight.


You are entitled to a rerouting flight to your final destination under comparable transport conditions, either at the earliest alternative or at a later date of your choosing, subject to seat availability.

While waiting for your rerouting, you are entitled to:

  • Customer care: Eat, drink and phone while waiting for the rerouting flight at the expense of the airline.
  • Accomodation and Transportation: Get the airline to pay for accommodation (if rerouted the next day) and transportation from and to your place of stay.

Important note: If your travel has started and your connecting flight is cancelled: you are entitled to a return flight to the first point of departure, at the earliest opportunity (example: you were supposed to go to Italy from Lyon and your connecting flight is cancelled: you can obtain to go back to Lyon if you no longer want to go to Italy)

Cancelled FlightEU 261 Extraordinary Circumstances

You are not elibigle to compensation in the event of "extraordinary circumstances", which are considered to be out of the company's control and were unavoidable even if all reasonable measures had been taken.

CauseCompensation due
Internal strikeYes
External strikeNo
Adverse weather conditionsNoBeware as carriers often claim this as a loophole to avoid paying.
Technical issuesYes
Issues on previous rotationYes
Airport closureNo
Bird strikeNoUnless it occurs on a previous rotation.

Weclaim wins in and out of court

800€Volotea loses in court in a lightning lawsuit

Jean François F. had his flight from Palermo cancelled by Volotea last minute. The airline offered a 100€ voucher but refused to pay the EU261 compensation on the grounds of an alleged extraordinary circumstance. Weclaim brought the dispute before the court of Bordeaux (France). The judge awarded Jean-François the EU 261 compensation and additional damage. The whole claim was resolved in a record time of less than 11 months.

400€French court sanctions Aigle Azur for EU 261 violation

Mohammed Z. had his flight between Paris and Houari Boumedien airport (Algeria) cancelled by Aigle Azur. After several months of waiting, Mohammed receives an offer from the company consisting of a 40€ voucher. Mohammed refuses and entrusts his file to Weclaim. Failing a settlement, the court was seised and Mohammed was able to obtain compensation and additional damages within a few months.

1,326.50€Weclaim wins unprecedented victory: Swiss airlines are bound by the EU261regulation in Switzerland

Veronique S. was to travel from Nice to Orlando via Switzerland. Her flight from Zurich to Montreal was delayed, which made her arrive in Orlando very late. Swiss refused to pay the European compensation on the grounds that Swiss airlines would not be bound by the Regulation EU 261 if the incident occurs on a segment from Switzerland to a non-European country. Weclaim initiated legal proceedings in which Swiss Airlines was ordered to pay 1,326.50€ instead of the 300€ initially claimed.

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