How to claim for delayed or cancelled flights as compensation payouts hits five-year high – with over £400,000 paid to passengers last year

FLIGHT compensation has reached a five year high with a payout of over €460,000 (£400,000) last year.

This is up from just €139,000 (£123,000) in 2018 – and we reveal how you can make a claim if your flight is delayed or cancelled.

Passengers can claim under EU regulation 261/2004 for any flights that are delayed for more than three hours, or flights that are cancelled.

Claims of up to €600 (£536) can be made depending on the length of the flight and the delay time.

According to The Times, the Commission for Aviation Regulation paid out for nearly 1,700 claims in 2018, although say there are still 561 open cases which could push the compensation amount even higher.

There were 861 claims for flight delays, up by 180 in 2017, with 728 claims for cancelled flights.

Last year, Ryanair passengers were hit particular hard after 250 flights were cancelled during the summer following a cabin crew strike across Europe.

Other cancellations such as ATC staff shortages also led to 5,000 flight cancellations, affecting approximately 800,000 passengers.

Here is what you can do if your flight is cancelled or delayed, and if you are able to make a compensation claim.

What are my rights if my flight is cancelled or delayed?

Passengers flying with an EU airline or a non-EU airline flying from a EU airport are protected by the Denied Boarding regulations.

This means that the airline must offer you the option of either being reimbursed for a cancelled flight or rerouted on either the next possible flight or on an agreed date.

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