Flight delayed. How soon you can claim compensation!
A delayed flight is a annoyance that we would like to avoid. In some cases it can become a problem if it causes us to miss a connection and ruins our holiday.
If the delay is more than 3 hours and we are flying within the EU, we have taken a flight departing from an EU airport or a flight with a European carrier from a non-EU country to an EU country, then we are entitled to compensation of up to 600 euros.
In the event of a delay and provided that all the conditions for claiming compensation are met, (see our post for more details), we recommend that you proceed with your claim as soon as possible, as the maximum time to make a complaint to the airline and initiate a claim is limited and varies from country to country.
To make it easier for you, we report the table with the times for filing the complaint for the main European countries and their carriers:
- Belgium (Brussels Airlines) – 1 year
- Poland (LOT) – 1 year
- Italy (ITA Airways, Blue Panorama) – 2 years
- Netherlands (KLM, Transavia, Corendon Dutch Airlines) – 2 years
- Switzerland (Swiss Air) – 2 years
- Denmark (Atlantic Airways, Danish Air Transport) – 3 years
- Germany (Lufthansa, Eurowings, Germanwings) – 3 years
- Portugal (TAP Air) – 3 years
- Romania (TAROM) – 3 years
- France (Air France, HOP!) – 5 years
- Greece (Aegean Airlines) – 5 years
- Spain (Iberia, Vueling, Volotea) – 5 years
- Ireland (Ryanair) – 6 years
- United Kingdom (British Airways, easyJet) – 6 years