According to a new report released this week, UK travelers catching flights during the Easter holidays in April, may find their flights subject to significant delays. It is estimated that up to fifty percent of all of the passengers flying to Corfu International Airport, on the Greek island of Corfu and Ibiza airport, in the Balearic Islands of Spain, will see some kind of flight delays to their journeys.
People also travelling to Lanzarote/Arrecife Airport, Faro Airport, Portugal and Palma De Majorca Airport, Palma, Majorca may also be caught up in flight delays.
Although it is predicted that some destinations will likely avoid seeing any flight delays during the two week Easter holiday period. One of these Airports is Heraklion International Airport, in Crete, Greece which sports an excellent record when it comes to flight punctuality.
An article from bt.com had more information about these findings and how people may be able to claim compensation for delayed or cancelled flights.
What you’re entitled to
If you’re travelling from a European airport or with an EU airline, your airline is obliged to look after you with food and drink, two phone calls and, if you’re delayed overnight, accommodation plus transport to and from where you’re staying, says Emma Coulthurst from holiday price comparison site.
This welfare obligation kicks in if you’re delayed for more than two to three hours, depending on the length of the flight.
If you’re travelling from a European airport or with an EU airline and your flight arrives at its destination more than three hours late, you may be entitled to financial compensation of between €250 to €600. The compensation is determined by the flight length and how long the delay is, calculated by the time the flight arrives at its destination, not its departure time.
But Coulthurst warns: “You’re only entitled to compensation if the delay was within the airline’s control. Extraordinary circumstances like really bad weather don’t count, unfortunately.”