So, you’re planning a romantic weekend away with your loved one for Valentine’s Day. You’ve got the hotel sorted, flights booked, and even arranged a candlelit meal at the best local restaurant you could find on tripadvisor.
You get to the airport, giddy with excitement and anticipation, look up your flight number on the departures board and see… DELAYED.
It’s not an uncommon situation. And no matter how well you plan your trip, the flight leaving on time is completely out of your hands and in some cases, a delayed flight has totally ruined a romantic getaway.
Our flight statistics show more than two thirds of flights from Heathrow were delayed more than 15 minutes on Valentine’s Days between 2010 and 2013 so you have a 69% chance of spending the first part of your trip in an overpriced food outlet in the departure lounge.
Booked a romantic weekend in majestic Budapest? The longest delay in 2013 was over 12 hours. That’s going to scupper your supper plans. Think of the poor souls who were travelling out of Manchester to Cayo Coco on 14th February 2012 on the holiday of a lifetime. They were stuck at the airport overnight with a delay of more than 23 hours!
Fortunately the very long delays are much less common with typically less than 1% lasting more than 3 hours. It is for these delays that the European regulation 261/2004 entitles you to compensation of up to €600 from the airline.
Use our free claim calculator to see if your flight delay qualifies for compensation. When it’s ruined your holiday, even €600 might not seem adequate, but it’s making the airline accountable and the more people claim their entitled compensation, the less likely delays will continue.