8 Million Passengers Affected By Flight Cancellations & Airport Strikes Are Eligible for Compensation of Up to €600
8 million passengers that were travelling from and to Europe during May of 2022 are eligible to ask for a reimbursement of up to €600 of their financial means as compensation for the hassles experienced travelling during this period when Europe’s airports and flag carriers were found in chaos.
In other words, the European airports and airlines dealt with flight cancellations and delays caused by the lack of staff as well as various strikes throughout the summer. The most common reports of these disruptions include the Scandinavian flag carrier SAS and the German airline Lufthansa, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The United Kingdom has been the top country to experience the most disruptions for this period, with 30,450 disrupted flights, followed by Germany and Spain, both recording 24,169 and 23,256 flights. The list of the top most affected countries by these flight cancellations and other irregularities consists of Turkey and Italy, which witnessed 21,470 and 20,986 disrupted flights, respectively.
As per airlines, the Swiss flag carrier, EasyJet, experienced the highest number of disrupted flights – a total of 26,088, with Turkish Airlines falling behind with 22,490 flights and the German Lufthansa with 17,021.
In addition, 8,971 flights did not operate on schedule by Air France, closely followed by the Hungarian flag carrier, Wizz Air, which experienced a total of 8,81 disrupted flights.
London Gatwick Airport represented the most affected one with 6,760 disrupted flights, demonstrating the UK remains the most affected country. The list of airports to have experienced the most irregularities for this period includes the following:
- Frankfurt International Airport (6415)
- Istanbul Ataturk Airport (6015)
- Munich International Airport (5938)
- Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (5811)
According to the official website of the European Union, the EU air passenger rights, including the compensation, apply to the following:
- The passenger’s flight destination is within the EU and is operated by either an EU or non-EU airline
- The [passenger’s] flight arrives in the EU from a third country and is operated by an EU flag carrier
- The flight departures from the EU to a non-EU country, operated by either an EU or a non-EU airline
- If passengers have not received benefits for flights issues that occurred during their journey under the relevant law of a non-EU country
“From January 1, 2021, EU rules on air passenger rights do not apply to cases of denied boarding, cancellations or delays to flights from the UK to the EU if your flight was operated by a UK carrier or another non-EU carrier, even if you booked your flight before this date,” the authority points out regarding British passengers.
Regardless, these rules remain effective for passengers’ flights from the UK to the EU were operated by an EU airline unless they have already received compensation or benefits under UK law.