More than 100 flights were already grounded at each of Europe’s busiest airports – including London Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol, Frankfurt and Munich airports with not-as-massive or less significant delays and cancellations at Zurich, Cologne, Hannover, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Bremen, and Vienna.
As the storm moves eastwards, even more, flight disruptions could be expected across many airports in mainland Europe, including those serving countries of Denmark, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. So if you are about to take a travel by plane this week, follow the latest news related to the storm Ciara and weather conditions not only at the airport of your departure but also at the final destination as well as the airport where your layover should take place – if you are about to have any.
What should I do if my flight was delayed or cancelled due to storm Ciara?
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:
Two telephone calls
Two faxes or e-mails
Meals & Drinks
If you have to wait for the flight for one or more nights, the carrier has to provide:
Accommodation if you need to wait overnight
Transportation between the hotel and the airport
In case they’re unable/unwilling to do this, save the receipts: all rational expenses (so, no luxury hotels or limos) should be refunded afterward. Just remember to keep all your receipts so you could give the airline proof of all the expenses you had due to such unfortunate flight disruption when the time will come.
Can I get compensation if my flight was delayed or cancelled due to storm Ciara?
Unfortunately, weather conditions that have made it impossible to fly an aircraft safely are considered extraordinary circumstances as defined by (EC) 261/2004 – which means you can’t claim disrupted flight compensation! Other rules still apply, so the airlines should still take care of you.
How could I be sure that my flight was delayed due to an ongoing storm – and not because the airline messed up with the schedule planning?
Although not very likely, it is still possible that your flight could be delayed or cancelled due to another reason – which could be unrelated to the ongoing storm. The probability that the flight disruption in question could be caused by something other than severe weather conditions or any extraordinary circumstance outside the airlines’ control, is much higher if both the departure and destination airports are known to be outside areas affected by the storm at the given time.
Could my flight be disrupted due to the storm Ciara even if I am not going to travel through affected areas?
It’s worth to notice that even if the whole flight would be about to take place far outside affected areas, it still could be cancelled or delayed due to the storm Ciara. The reason for flight disruption here is pretty simple. A single aircraft could be scheduled for four or even five flights per day. For example, it could be scheduled to start the day with a flight from London to Munich and then from Munich to Zadar – just to go from Zadar to Istanbul, etc. But if it could not take off from London due to the ongoing storm, it wouldn’t be possible to make the Zadar-Istanbul leg either.
But if you still believe that your flight disruption isn’t caused by severe weather conditions or extraordinary circumstances of any other kind, we are here to help you! Just fill in our disrupted flight compensation claim form and we will check everything for you. If it turns out that your flight is eligible for flight compensation, we will get it for you. Up to €600 in compensation for your delayed or cancelled flight could be waiting for you – just fill in the form and we’ll take care of the rest! Curious how much in compensation could be worth a particular disrupted flight? Try out our flight compensation calculator!