Recent UK flight delays and cancellations

UK flight delay compensation experts

The UK skies are among the busiest in Europe, and airports all over the country experience flight disruption on a regular basis.

Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester airports all contribute significantly to the amount of flight delays in the UK, driven significantly by major airlines such as EasyJet, Vueling and American Airlines.

Passengers are not restricted to claiming exclusively for domestic flights; compensation rights are applicable to all delayed EU departures.

If you have suffered at least 3 hours of flight disruption in the UK or Europe, you could be owed up to £540 in compensation.

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Flight delay tracker – UK departures

The latest flight delay information for UK arrivals and departures can be viewed below. The team at Flight Delay Claims 4 U also have access to historical flight delay data for UK and EU routes to help them provide an accurate assessment of your case.

Live UK flight delays and cancellations

Date - Time Airport Flight no. Destination Status  
LHR BA277 HYD Delayed Claim now
PMO U28244 LGW Delayed Claim now
HRG U28862 LGW Delayed Claim now
LGW U28861 HRG Delayed Claim now
LGW D82900 CPH Delayed Claim now
LGW NRS2920 AAL Cancelled Claim now
KJFK HFY7014 LGW Delayed Claim now
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Delays and flight cancellations at UK airports

UK flight compensation experts

More than 300 airlines departed the UK in 2016, with over 1 million flights departing the UK’s 25 biggest airports.

According to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) statistics, there were approximately 4,800 flight delays at UK airports that extended beyond 3 hours.

Which UK airport were you delayed at?

Flight delays at UK airports are a fairly common occurrence, the five airports where passengers are most likely to suffer delays lasting more than 3 hours are listed below:

Helping you claim UK flight delays compensation

Comprehensive claims support

Flight Delay Claims 4 U have the specialist resources required when enforcing your UK flight delay rights – claim handlers keep you update throughout the entire process and are able to bring in expert legal support from our network of qualified solicitors.

  • Focused on the facts

    Our claims team will look to gather all the information they can in order to provide a comprehensive assessment of cases involving UK plane delays ahead of a claim being submitted

  • Paperwork processed on your behalf

    All administrative procedures are taken care of by our dedicated claim handlers

  • Application of EU laws regarding flight compensation

    A specialist solicitor submits a request for compensation in accordance with the flight delay regulations for UK and International flight operators.

Additional benefits usuing a UK service

As well as the guidance of highly-trained claims advisors and legal professionals, you will be able to benefit from detailed weather assessment and to historical CAA flight delay statistics for UK arrivals and departures.

Flight Delay Claims 4 U offer all of this free of charge – you’ll only pay a fee if we successfully help you obtain compensation UK flight delays you have suffered.

Take advantage of EU regulations by claiming for your UK flight delays today – you could receive up to £540 in compensation.

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In situations where airlines reject or ignore a flight delay claim, UK interpretation of EU law can be used in order to obtain compensation. With a network of lawyers waiting to help, we can provide you with the very best representation should a court hearing be necessary.

If a favourable ruling is passed, we will work quickly to process airline payments and transfer what is owed to you via cheque or bank transfer.

How to claim UK flight delay compensation

A hassle-free way to claim delayed flight compensation for UK departures

Our UK flight delay claims team need nothing more than a few details regarding your flight delay in order to assess your case. They can then allocate you a specialist legal representative who will pursue the claim from there.

Your designated lawyer will first submit a flight delay compensation letter to the relevant airline, requesting for compensation to be paid in accordance with the amounts stipulated by EU and UK flight compensation rules.

There is no hassle or risk involved – we take care of all the paperwork and will commence a claim without charging you a penny.

UK flight delay compensation claim experts

Professional legal representation

A considerable number of UK flight arrivals and departures are delayed each year; thankfully, EU regulations provide assistance for passengers affected. Our network of expert lawyers are ready to impose passenger rights against the airline responsible and retrieve any compensation that you are owed.

No initial fee is charged and legal costs are recovered once compensation has been successfully obtained.

  • ‘No win, no fee’ approach

    There is absolutely nothing to pay unless your claim is successful

  • Specialist UK lawyers

    Our legal partners have invaluable experience of claiming flight delay compensation from UK and International carriers

  • Friendly and enthusiastic claims team

    When pursuing compensation for a flight delay, UK-based colleagues will provide regular updates on the progress of your claim.

UK flight claim experts

At Flight Delay Claims 4 U we have a wealth of expertise at our disposal that give you the best chance of acquiring plane delay compensation from UK and International airlines. Having made numerous claims against major airlines, the solicitors selected to represent our clients are prepared for a variety of scenarios relating to flight disruptions in the UK.

If you’ve endured a severe flight delay, UK compensation specialists at Flight Delay Claims 4 U are ready to help you claim up to £540 compensation.

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What if my flights cancelled at UK airports

Cancelled flight compensation for UK passengers

EU compensation regulations direct airlines to provide all affected passengers with basic assistance when a cancellation occurs shortly before the scheduled departure of a flight. Food vouchers, hotel accommodation, refunds and alternative flights will need to be offered as necessary depending on the situation.

UK flight cancellation compensation (in the form of financial imbursement) can be claimed in addition to the standard level of assistance provided by the airline. In order for a claim to be successful, delays resulting from the cancellation must extend beyond 3 hours in length.

  • Qualifying criteria

    EU and UK flight delay laws set criteria including delay duration, airline nationality and flight origin and destination

  • Basic passenger assistance

    Once passengers have been delayed by at least 2 hours following cancellations, airlines are to provide a standard level of assistance including meal vouchers, accommodation, re-routes and refunds as relevant depending on the circumstances

  • Passenger notification

    Passengers will be able to claim compensation if the airline in question fails to provide cancellation notification or alternative flights at least two weeks prior to scheduled departure.

Cancellation notice period

For airlines to avoid facing compensation claims for flights cancelled at UK airports they must give passengers notification of planned cancellations or arrange a suitable re-route at least two weeks ahead of the departure date that was originally set.

If a cancelled flight has led to more than 3 hours of disruption, you could be eligible for UK flight cancellation compensation – start your claim today to see how much you are owed.

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  1. Enter your flight details
  2. Our experts call you right back
  3. We enforce your rights
  4. You receive our compensation

UK flight delay claims process

Submit your flight details

Simply complete our UK flight delay compensation claim form online and we’ll use the information you provide to assess your case.

A friendly claims advisor will get in touch

A member of our dedicated claims team will contact you to provide guidance and propose the best approach for obtaining compensation as soon as possible

Specialist UK legal representation

We’ll put you in touch with a specialist solicitor who will enforce your UK flight delay rights against the airline responsible.

Receive compensation

Legal action isn’t necessarily required and cash settlements are generally achieved within a few weeks of submitting a flight delay compensation claim letter to the airline in question. If the flight operator rejects a claim for flight delay compensation, a Small Claims Court hearing could be required to recover what is owed.

  • Collect any information that might support a claim
  • Request meal vouchers
  • Retain documents relating to your flight / delay
  • Take photos and record video footage of your delay experience

What should I do if I’m delayed at a UK airport?

A substantial record of relevant information can strengthen a claim

If a flight delay begins to unfold while you are at the airport, it is wise to think about what information can be gathered in order to support a compensation claim.

Paying close attention to any announcements made and requesting information from airline personnel is a good way of staying informed of events as well as providing facts that can be raised in a subsequent compensation claim.

Meal vouchers

For any UK flight delays of more than 2 hours, airlines are obligated to make basic assistance measures available to affected passengers – this includes meal vouchers of a value proportionate to the time of day and delay duration.

If the airline does not willingly present vouchers to you, you have the right to request them in accordance with EU regulations.

Retain documents relating to your flight

Airline documents can help us prove that you are entitled to compensation; tickets, boarding passes and booking confirmation can all be used as evidence of a valid reservation. We advise that you make copies of any important documents so that they don’t get misplaced.

Photos and video footage

Visual can be particularly impactful in any situation where an airline is contesting a claim – for instance, for UK flight delays where fog is to blame, photographs of the conditions or footage of any aircraft activity at the departure airport may help us challenge any airline claims of “extraordinary circumstances”.

Our UK flight delay compensation experience

Experienced legal professionals

Flight Delay Claims 4 U have a close relationship with a whole network of highly-qualified lawyers with decades of experience. Having worked on numerous cases they know exactly how to claim for flight delays using UK interpretation of EU law and have an exceptional success rate.

UK flight compensation solicitors

All our staff are highly trained and enthusiastic about helping people just like you and will go that extra mile to make sure your claim is successful.

Supporting you through every phase of the process

Our friendly and professional claims team put their specialist knowledge to good use when making flight claims for UK clients by providing guidance and support throughout the process.

Your claim handler will also take care of all the associated paperwork and arrange legal representation on your behalf once they have assessed your case.

In addition to the expertise at our disposal, we can also strengthen a claim through detailed weather assessments and our access to historical UK flight delay statistics.

Based on their familiarity with EU flight compensation regulations, we have handpicked a selection of legal partners to represent our clients – the lawyers assigned to our cases are prepared for various scenarios thanks to their considerable experience of claiming for flight delays using UK case law and EU legislation.

Out-of-court settlements are normally achieved when claiming UK flight delay compensation, but it is sometimes necessary to recover compensation for flight delays through UK court rulings too. If this is the case, your designated solicitor is on hand to pursue a favourable judgment on your behalf.

Your claim handler will keep you informed regarding the status of your claim and let you know the outcome of any court proceedings. If successful, they will arrange for compensation payments to be made immediately.

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Less common causes of flight disruption in the UK

Bird strikes

How do bird strikes delay flights?

Bird strikes represent a serious risk to flight safety due to the damage that can be caused to an aircraft, particularly if engines have been struck. Upon becoming aware of a bird strike, a pilot will usually choose to turn back or divert to the nearest airport. The aircraft will then be assessed by engineers who will either allow the plane to resume its journey, or force it to remain grounded while repairs are made or a replacement aircraft is brought in.

Airline liability

A 2017 ruing at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg has set a precedent for the rejection of bird strike delay claims due to “extraordinary circumstances”.

Peskova and Peska vs. Smartwings led to clarification of bird strikes being beyond the control of an airline. The claimants argued that such incidents were preventable. The judge agreed, but insisted that the carrier should not be held responsible for the failings of other parties such as airport managers or competent air traffic control personnel.

Security and passenger endangerment

Unruly passengers

If an individual or group of passengers become disruptive to the point where they could potentially endanger others on board, the captain will attempt to offload the culprits. This will either delay the departure of a flight or cause the plane to turn back or divert to another airport.

In situations such as these, UK flight delay compensation rules may lead to a claim being rejected due to “extraordinary circumstances” given that passenger behaviour is likely to be beyond the airline’s control.

Terrorist incidents

Fortunately, security breaches are rare in the UK, but if they do occur, airport closures are likely to be made and passengers evacuated.

Suspicious packages are occasionally discovered in terminal buildings – in the majority of cases the package is harmless, but safety precautions such as passenger evacuation are put in place anyway.

The rare and extreme nature of such situations will normally provide airlines with an adequate “extraordinary circumstances” defence if flight delay claims are raised against them.

UK flight delay compensation amounts

The compensation awarded to passengers is determined by EU Regulation 261/2004.

Flight distance and delay duration are combined in a standardised payment calculation (as shown in the grid below).

Compensation Table

Amounts set by EU Regulations 261/2004
Flight distance Delay on arrival (hours) Compensation
Up to 1,500km 3 or more £226†/€250
1,500km - 3,500km 3 or more £361†/€400
Over 3,500km‡ 3 to 4 £271†/€300
Over 3,500km‡ 4 or more £540†/€600

For distances of greater than 3,500km, for the higher amount of compensation the journey will need to have departed from an EU (European) airport and be delayed on arrival in a Non-EU airport (Such as Manchester to Diagoras.) The airline is eligible to apply a 50% flat reduction on compensation awarded if the delay was between 3 and 4 hours.

Your claim will be settled at the Euro equivalent on the exchange rate at the time of the delay, or on the date your claim is settled
(This will depend on the airline).

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Hassle-free, no fuss claims company

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Debra Sandford Bristol

I knew it would be important to find the right flight delay compensation claim company to make my claim with, I’m just so glad I chose Flight delay Claims 4 U. Every aspect of my claim was taken care of and I received over £200 in compensation.

Extremely helpful & patient

Extremely helpful & patient

Stephanie Dutton Bracknell

My husband and I had flights cancelled by UK storms last year so we decided to make a claim. We weren’t sure if it would be worth the hassle but it turned out to be really easy. The airline agreed to pay compensation and we received a cheque within a matter of days.

Friendly, efficient & fast

Friendly, efficient & fast

Terry Proctor Isle of Man

There are several flight compensation companies in the UK today, but I doubt that any are as exceptional as Flight Delay Claims 4 U. The claim handlers and solicitors involved with my case were superb. I felt at ease throughout the process and would have no hesitation using there services again if required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you claim domestic flight delay compensation from UK airlines?

Yes – it is possible to claim domestic UK domestic flight delay compensation as the UK is currently an EU member state.

What are the leading causes of flight delays in the UK today?

Increased air traffic, bad weather and technical issues are among the most common reasons for UK airport delays today.

Are UK flight delay laws the same as EU flight delay laws?

In terms of claiming compensation for a flight delay, UK law is merely an interpretation of the legislation set out by the EU. Although the legislation is the same across all EU countries, the national enforcement bodies and district courts will interpret the regulations in different ways.

Is UK flight delay compensation paid in Euros or Pound Sterling?

Due to the fact that UK flight delay claims are made through EU regulations, all compensation payments will be made in Euros, but UK banks will automatically exchange the currency into Pound Sterling at the standard rate.

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Do you have to be a UK citizen to claim UK flight delay compensation?

No – EU regulations allow any passenger on-board an eligible EU flight to claim compensation regardless of their nationality (all ticket holders have the same passenger rights).

Where can I find the latest UK flight delays news?

A flight delay checker for UK departures and arrivals is available on our website. If you are looking for information at the airport itself, this will be displayed on screens located through the terminal.

You can also approach airline and airport colleagues for details relating to your flight disruption.

How often are UK flights delayed by more than 3 hours?

Approximately 4,800 flights suffered delays of more than 3 hours when departing major UK airports in 2016 – an average of around 13 flights a day.

Which UK airports should I avoid?

Delays can occur at any UK airport at any time, so it is difficult to know which airports to avoid. However, in terms of the number of delays exceeding 3 hours, Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester are the airports where UK flight delays are most likely.

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Which UK airport has the longest average delay times?

Not only does London Gatwick suffer more flight delays than any other major UK airport, but it also has the highest average delay duration (22 minutes).

What is the UK Statute of Limitations and how will it affect my claim?

The UK Statute of Limitations provides timeframes within which UK legal proceedings must be brought forward. In the case of UK flight delay claims, the statute has stipulated a claim period of 6 years from the date of the original incident.

Which airline contributes the highest number of flight delays from UK airports?

According to CAA data, EasyJet had the most delayed UK departures in 2016, with over 1,000 of their flights suffering delays of more than 3 hours.

Which airlines departing the UK have the longest average delay duration?

Of all the international airlines that fly from the UK’s 25 biggest airports, Vueling Airlines, American Airlines, and EasyJet all had an average delay duration of over 20 minutes over the course of 2016.

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Which UK airlines pay the most compensation?

The sum of compensation awarded for UK flight delays is set at a standard rate by EU legislation. Therefore, all airlines (regardless of nationality) are obligated to pay the same amount to all passengers booked on the same flight.

Are flight delays from the USA to UK airports eligible for compensation claims?

Yes – as long as the flight is operated by an EU-based airline, it is possible to claim flight delay compensation on ‘US to UK’ routes.

What is the purpose of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)?

As well as making historical flight data available the team at Flight Delay Claims 4 U, the CAA help UK flight delay compensation claimants by applying pressure on airlines to adhere to EU regulations.

Are Flight Delay Claims 4 U based in the UK?

Yes we have a knowledgeable team of UK-based claims advisors on hand to answer any queries you have relating to flight delays and UK compensation regulations.