A flight delay often brings worries and inconveniences. But for a change, let’s look at it from the bright side. What exactly are the advantages of a flight delay?
You can enjoy your holiday destinations for longer
Even if it is at the airport, you can enjoy your holiday destination for a little longer. Enjoy the local food, write and send a holiday card from the airport or sit back and relax and enjoy the vibrant life at the airport.
You have a right to care
The wait that comes with a flight delay can last long… Luckily, in case of a delay of two hours or more, or with a delay due to exceptional circumstances, you are entitled to care. Food and drinks should be provided by the airline, usually by vouchers. If not, make sure to save your receipts to claim the extra costs from the airline. In case of a delay that forces you to take an overnight stay, you are also entitled to a hotel, including the transport to the accommodation.
You have time to sort out your holiday photos
Reality teaches us that once you are home, you often do not take time to sort out your holiday photos... let alone make a photo album. Are you delayed? Then sort them out to create that photo album back home that you are so looking forward to!
You are entitled to compensation with a delay of three hours or more
Time loss is an annoying side effect... According to Regulation 261/2004 you are entitled to compensation for time loss in the event of an arrival delay of three hours or more. Depending on the flight distance, you are entitled to €250, €400 or €600 per person.
Fees for flight destinations within the EU
- €250 compensation for a delayed flight up to 1500 km
- €400 compensation for a delayed flight exceeding 1500 km
Fees for destinations outside the EU
- €250 compensation for a delayed flight up to 1500
- €400 compensation for a delayed flight between 1500 km and 3500 km
- €600 compensation for a delayed flight exceeding 3500 km
For a flight within a distance of 3500 kilometres or more and a flight delay between three and four hours, you are also entitled to 50% of the fee.
You can catch up on sleep
If you do have a little extra time, why not take a nap? Stretch those legs and relax... because remember: in the plane you are woken up by your neighbour, by the staff passing by with food trolleys or by the captain calling for you to put your seat upright because of turbulence.
You can invest in your health
Since you often get restless legs in the plane and probably feel uncomfortable walking around, you might as well make some extra miles at the airport. This way you not only get your daily exercise, but also feel better once you board. Be alert: also take good care of yourself during the flight. The blood circulation in your legs must remain optimal. So move regularly during long flights. Try to move or stretch for a few minutes every hour even if it is at your own seat.
What advantages do you see in a flight delay? Let us know in a reaction and inspire each other!