In the case air passengers arrive at their final destination more than three hours late because of a missed connecting flight, they have the right to compensation

Compensation for missed connecting flights

In the case air passengers arrive at their final destination more than three hours late because of a missed connecting flight, they have the right to compensation. In addition the have the right to receive specific benefits at the airport. According to the EU Passenger Rights Regulation, flight passengers are entitled to receive up to 600 Euro compensation. The airline has to provide its customers with free food and refreshing drinks in addition.

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Missing a connecting flight because of a delay

  • Flight passengers are entitled to compensation if they arrive with a delay of 3 hours or more at your final destination.
  • A compensation payment of up to 600 Euro can be claimed.
  • After two hours of waiting time at the airport, the airline has to supply its customers with snacks and free refreshing drinks.
  • Customers are entitled to get a free hotel accommodation if their flight is delayed overnight.

What can I do if I have missed a connecting flight because of a flight delay?

  • Get the airline to provide you with a written confirmation of the reason of the delay.
  • Collect all invoices, receipts, vouchers written confirmations and other documents you receive!
  • Claim all basic services at the airport
  • Check your entitlement to compensation by using our online form.

Receiving compensation for a missed connecting flight

Flight passengers who miss a connecting flight due to an airline's mistake and are delayed for more than 3 hours will be able to claim up to 600 Euro compensation. The amount of compensation is based on the flight distance. The listing below shows you how the amount of compensation is usually calculated:

short-haul flight ( < 1500 km )
Arrow
amount of compensation: 250,00 Euro
medium-haul flight ( < 3500 km )
Arrow
amount of compensation: 400,00 Euro
long-haul flight ( > 3500 km )
Arrow
amount of compensation: 600,00 Euro

Missed connecting flight: What conditions have to be met to claim compensation?

• The airline has to be responsible for the missed connecting flight.

• The check-in was on time.

• The flight was due to depart within the EU or land within the EU. (If landed in the EU, the airline must also have its headquarters in an EU country.)

• The missed connecting flight does not date back more than 3 years.

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In the event that a flight delay leads to a missed connecting flight, and the arrival at the final destination is at least three hours late, air passengers do have a claim for compensation

Missed connecting flight with different airlines

In the event that a flight delay leads to a missed connecting flight, and the arrival at the final destination is at least three hours late, air passengers do have a claim for compensation! For this to apply your flight plan has to be one booking. It does not matter whether the flights were operated all by the same or by different airlines. Flight passengers who booked their air trip with one single booking are entitled to an alternative transportation or a compensation in case they miss a connecting flight due to a precious flight delay.

If air passengers have booked their connecting flights separately using different airlines and the first flight is delayed so that they miss their connecting flight, there is unfortunately nothing to be done. They do not have the right for alternative transportation neither.

How do I get my compensation for a missed flight connection?

The first step to do is to ensure that you are eligible for a compensation payment. This can sometimes be a stressful and difficult procedure. You need to get access to flight databases, you need to compare your situation with similar cases and you must check whether your individual case is regulated by the EU law. That means, for a private person without any legal expertise it can be pretty difficult to claim for a compensation.

Due to our expertise as to the efficacious cooperation with specialized lawyers FairintheAir is able to claim your rights fast and uncomplicated

Check your entitlement to compensation

Due to our expertise as to the efficacious cooperation with specialized lawyers FairintheAir is able to claim your rights fast and uncomplicated. Check your entitlement to compensation by using our online calculator!

Waiting time at the Airport: My passenger rights

In the case you have to suffer a long waiting time because of a missed connection flight you are entitled to special benefits on top of your regular compensation payment. No matter of whether the airline is actual responsible for the missed connection or not. The airline is required to provide its customers with food and refreshing drinks.

2 hours
waiting time at the airport
Arrow
Bis 150 km
Flugstreckendistanz
Arrow

You are entitled to receive drinks and snacks for free, phone calls, emails

3 hours
waiting time at the airport
Arrow
Bis 3500 km
Flugstreckendistanz
Arrow

You are entitled to receive drinks and snacks for free, phone calls, emails

4 hours
waiting time at the airport
Arrow
Über 3500 km
Flugstreckendistanz
Arrow

You are entitled to receive drinks and snacks for free, phone calls, emails

5 hours
waiting time at the airport
Arrow
Über 3500 km
Flugstreckendistanz
Arrow

You have the possibility of withdrawing from the flight (free of charge). You have the right to alternative transportation (free of charge).

More than
one day waiting time
Arrow
Über 3500 km
Flugstreckendistanz
Arrow

You are able to take advantage of one night free accommodation and return transportation to/from the airport.

Missed connection flight because of extraordinary circumstances

Airlines are not necessarily responsible for missed connection flights. In the case of so-called extraordinary circumstances, airlines are relieved from their obligation to compensate their passengers. As so-called extraordinary circumstances apply:

  • bad weather conditions
  • strikes
  • bird strike at aircraft engines
  • airport or airspace closures

Note: If the airline could have prevented the problem, for instance if the airline cited bad weather conditions but failed to ensure that there were adequate supplies of deicer before the start of wintertime it may be deemed responsible for the cancellation. If flights operated by other airlines were able to depart on time, the matter is clear. But nonetheless this is not a thing that flight passengers can easily prove.

Airlines are not necessarily responsible for missed connection flights.