Madrid Airport Delayed Flight Compensation

According to Regulation (EC) 261/2004 air passenger rights, passengers are entitled to compensation of up to €600 for delayed, cancelled or overbooked flights.

Madrid Airport
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Madrid Airport, commonly known as Madrid–Barajas Airport, is the main international airport serving Madrid in Spain. At 3,050 ha (7,500 acres) in area, it is the largest airport in Europe by physical size along with Paris–Charles de Gaulle Airport. In 2018, 57.9 million passengers used Madrid–Barajas, making it the country’s largest and busiest airport and Europe’s sixth busiest.

The airport opened in 1928, and has grown to be one of the most important aviation centres of Europe. Located within the city limits of Madrid, it is just 9 km (6 mi) from the city’s financial district. Barajas serves as the gateway to the Iberian peninsula from the rest of Europe and the world, and is a particularly key link between Europe and Latin America. The airport is the primary hub and maintenance base for Iberia. Consequently, Iberia is responsible for more than 40% of Barajas’ traffic. The airport has five passenger terminals.

City: Madrid
Country: Spain

Madrid Airport delayed flight / cancelled flight / overbooked flight compensation

When are you entitled to flight compensation?

  • Flight cancelled without prior notification of 14 days from airline;
  • Flight delayed to arrive at the final destination over 3 hours;
  • Denied boarding due to overbooking;

Your flight must fall within EU:

Your flight departed from an airport at an EU country.

OR

Your flight landed in EU:

Your flight didn’t originate in the EU. However, the flight was operated by an EU-registered carrier and landed at an airport in the EU.

How much can you get in compensation for flights disrupted at Madrid Airport?

Flight compensation depends on flight distance:

  • up to 1,500 km or less: up to €250
  • between 1,500 – 3,500 km: up to €400
  • more than 3500 km: up to €600

When are you not entitled to flight compensation?

Incidents at Madrid Airport

Gone are the days of aviation when a shed and a grassy field were enough to operate an airplane. These days, airports are vast structures that are filled with passengers and personnel. And sometimes, things go wrong.

Neither the airport nor the airline can be held responsible if you flight was disrupted due to war or political crisis. They can’t control terrorist actions, either. As the same time, it’s hard to predict when any of the sensitive equipment at the airport will break down. Usually, a botched landing can damage lights and markings on the runway, but there can be other incidents, too.

Regulation (EC) 261/2004 rules that such airport operations-related incidents are beyond the control of airlines. Therefore, you are not entitled to a compensation. However, that doesn’t mean that the airline shouldn’t take care of you!

Strikes at Madrid Airport

Airports employ a lot of people. That doesn’t mean that all of them are happy with their working conditions! As such, any airport can have its operations halted by a strike – and this means flight disruptions.

Air traffic controller strikes are likely the worst, as they can affect flights not only in the airport, but also those flying nearby. However, we have recently seen all sorts of other staff, from luggage handlers to security go on strike.

Regulation (EC) 261/2004 rules that airport staff strikes are outside of airlines’ control. Therefore, a flight delayed or cancelled for this reason is not eligible for flight compensation.

Bad weather conditions at Madrid Airport

Planes might be big advanced, but they are not immune to all weather conditions. Therefore, terrible weather can result in flight delays out outright cancellations. These often happen in winter, when snow can easily mess things up.

Wind speed and visibility are some of the most common culprits behind weather-caused disruption. And just because the weather is clear at your airport doesn’t mean that it’s not terrible at your destination. If the airport you’re trying to fly to reports that weather there is unsuitable for flying, the airline can do little else but delay or cancel the strike.

As the airlines can’t control weather, Regulation (EC) 261/2004 judges them not to be responsible for flight disruptions that result in such cases.

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