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Flight Disrupted by Strike: What am I entitled to?

Wed, 07/06/2016
Air Traffic

French air traffic controllers have walked out this week in a dispute over pay. This is the twelfth time in three months that they have done so. The strike has meant hundreds of flights being cancelled from bases all over Europe. Over 100,000 people have already been affected by the disruption.

Many airlines have already been offering their customers free refunds or rebooking. However, if you’re left stranded abroad, and you’re flying from an EU airport or with an EU airline, then the airline is liable to cover the cost of accommodation and food whilst your replacement flight is arranged. If your airline does not provide this for you, keep all receipts and you can claim the money back for any essentials which you needed to pay for during your waiting time.

Unfortunately, in the case of a strike such as this one you aren’t entitled to any compensation unless the delay or cancellation is the fault of the airline.

If you do get stranded abroad, delayed or your flight is cancelled, go to Get Paid When Delayed to see what you’re entitled to.