British Airways delayed flights should be covered under EC 261, as long as they meet the minimum requirements. In addition to rescheduling or refunding your flight, you could also get additional compensation under this law. Here’s all you need to know.

Delayed Flight Compensation

As long as the flight delay was within British Airways’s control, you are eligible for compensation if the delay was more than 3 hours long. If these conditions do not apply, you will not get compensated.

If they do apply, the breakdown of what you can receive is as follows.

  • Flights up to 1,500 km – €250
  • Flights within the EU that are more than 1,500 km or all flights between 1,500 km and 3,500 km – €400
  • Flights exceeding the above conditions – €600

British Airways will reduce the amount by 50 percent if they can offer alternatives with comparable arrival times, including:

  • Two hours for flights up to 1,500 km
  • Three hours for flights within the EU more than 1,500 km or other flights between 1,500 km and 3,500 km
  • Four hours for all other flights

In order to get compensation from British Airways, you need to submit a claim. You can check how much you are entitled to by using this claim checker.


EC 261 covers delayed flights and could get you up to €600 in compensation from British Airways. As long as the issue that caused the delay was their fault and your delay was more than three hours, they should compensate you for your troubles.


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