Air conditions causing delays in Brussels and Zurich. Meanwhile, airport issues are affecting Heathrow and Karlsruhe.
Wind direction (and probably speeds) is causing flight delays at Brussels and Zurich. Meanwhile, a more man-made issue has cropped up at London Heathrow and Karlsruhe as flights are delayed due to capacity issues – someone dropped the ball on planning!
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.
However, both weather conditions and airport 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.