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Travel Rights: flight delays
This week, hundreds of thousands of travellers trying to get home or away for Christmas found themselves stranded after drones closed the runways at Gatwick airport.
What are your rights if drones, bad weather or strike action leaves you stranded? What should you expect the airline to do to get you safely to your destination? If your flight is delayed, cancelled or overbooked, what should you do?
Compensation for delayed or cancelled flights is dependent on the reason for the delay and the length of notice passengers are given:
If the airline can prove
the delay was caused by ‘extraordinary circumstances’, no compensation is payable.
are situations beyond the control of the airline, for example, security risk, political instability or severe weather that makes flying dangerous.
Although you are not entitled
to financial compensation for flight delays in these circumstances, you are entitled to the meals, refreshments, accommodation and hotel transfers depending on the length of your flight and delay.
If your flight’s delayed for at least two hours (depending on the length of the flight) your airline has to give you:
two free phone calls, faxes
free meals and refreshments
appropriate to the delay
free hotel accommodation
and hotel transfers if an overnight stay is required.
If your flight’s delayed for more than five hours you're entitled to choose between being rerouted on a different flight or getting a refund, just as if your flight had been cancelled.
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