The British Isles are hit by Storm Gareth, with yellow weather warning extended to Friday in some places. This is likely to affect flights, too.

The storm was identified by the Irish weather service and has caused yellow warning across England. As far as warnings go, yellow is the least severe category: it means “be prepared” and “expect travel disruptions.”

As always, air passengers affected by possible delays 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 e-mail 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, inclement weather is one of the 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. Also, your flight gets delayed or cancelled for some other reason (like technical fault), you should still claim.

Gareth is the third storm to ravage the Isles this year, after February’s Erik and the more fearsome Freya this month.

Weekly Aviation News Roundup | 03.11
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Weekly Aviation News Roundup | 03.11