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Compensation in case of

Flight Cancellation

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Last errands are done, the suitcases are packed, and the anticipation of the upcoming trip is growing. But suddenly you receive the news: your flight has been canceled, the planned flight will not take place. The cancellation by the airline is the absolute nightmare of many travelers. The great uncertainty of whether and when there will be a replacement flight raises many questions and problems. With the help of Passengers friend you can get back up to 600 €.

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You have these rights in the event of a flight cancellation:

According to the EU Passenger Rights Regulation No. 261/2004, as a passenger you have the right to compensation.

If your flight is cancelled or delayed for more than 5 hours, you are entitled to:

  • A refund of the airfare.
  • A return flight to the first point of departure and at the earliest possible time.
  • Alternate transportation to your final destination under similar travel conditions.

You have these rights in the event of a flight cancellation:

In the event of a flight cancellation, the compensation of up to €600 depends on the flight distance. It is also important in which country the plane takes off or if it is an European airline.

While waiting at the airport, care services are among the compensations you must get in addition to the compensation in case of flight cancellation. These are especially important for passengers if they have to wait a long time for a replacement flight or are stranded at an airport because the connecting flight has been cancelled.

List of claim amounts up to 600 €
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Statutory care services:

  • From 2 hours of waiting time and a flight distance up to 1,500 km, you have the right to free drinks, food and communication services.
  • From 3 hours waiting time and a flight distance between 1,500 km and 3,500 km you have the right to free drinks, food and communication services.
  • From 4 hours of waiting time and a flight distance of 3,500 km or more, you have the right to free drinks, food and communication services.
  • In case of a next day departure, regardless of the flight distance, you have the right to an overnight stay in a hotel and reimbursement of transfer costs.

The delay time at the destination depends on the opening of the aircraft door. The touchdown of the aircraft on the runway is not relevant.

Requirements for flight cancellation compensation:

A few conditions must be met in order for you to be entitled to compensation from the airline. If you were not informed of the flight cancellation at least 14 days before departure, you are entitled to compensation. This applies under the following circumstances:

  • Landing in the EU with an EU airline (airline is based in the EU) or taking off in the EU (regardless of the airline).
  • Exceptional circumstances do not apply.
What are the claims for reimbursement in the event of a flight loss - Passenger rights
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Extreme weather, Strike Terror warning, Bird strike, Natural disasters, Emergency landings Exceptional circumstances:

If an extraordinary circumstance exists, the airline does not have to compensate you. This includes all unforeseeable situations that do not occur in the daily operations of an airline and are beyond the airline’s control. These events are to be distinguished from normal delays and operational procedures for transporting passengers. These extraordinary circumstances include:

  • political uncertainty
  • severe weather
  • airport or airspace closures
  • bird strikes
  • unavoidable security risks
  • other risks

This is how you check and claim your compensation:

Simply enter your flight number and flight date in our claim form. We will then tell you whether you are entitled to compensation. The check is completely free of charge. Passengers friend will make sure that you get your money back.

up to 1500 km1500 km -3500 kmFrom 3500 km
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250 €
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400 €
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600 €


Get what you deserve.

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