Strikes are causing disruptions in Hungarian airspace. Karlsruhe is suffering flight delays again.
— EUROCONTROL (@eurocontrol) April 17, 2019
Air traffic controllers at HungaroControl are staging a two hour strike today, which will affect flights from 9 am to 11 am UTC. It’s a warning strike – a real, unlimited one might happen on April 23. Meanwhile, Karlsruhe is showing flight delays due to organizational issues again.
As always, air passengers affected by this delay have all the usual rights granted to them under Regulation (EC) 261/2004. For delays lasting more than two hours, the airline has to provide you with free meals and drinks. You should also be allowed to make two free calls, use email or send a free fax. If you have to wait for the flight for one or more nights, the carrier has to provide you with free accommodation at a hotel, including transport to/from the airport. In case they’re unable/unwilling to do this, save the receipts: all “rational” expenses (no VIP penthouses, caviar or limos) should be refunded afterwards.
Unfortunately, ATC strikes and airport staffing issues are exceptional circumstances as defined by (EC) 261/2004 – which means you can’t claim disrupted flight compensation! Other rules still apply, so they airlines should still take care of you.