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KLM delayed and cancelled flights

Krystof Hajek updated 22. 2. 2024

Has your KLM flight been cancelled or delayed by 2 hours or more? Then you are entitled to compensation of up to 600 eur per person.

You can claim compensation directly from the airline or simply and free of charge from specialist agencies.

Apply for compensation

Compensation under EC Regulation 261 applies to all flights operated by KLM.

Delayed flight with KLM

If you experience a delay of 2 hours or more at the departure airport, KLM must provide you with free refreshments proportionate to the length of the delay.

If the length of the delay at the arrival airport is 3 hours or more, you are also entitled to financial compensation of 250 eur to 600 eur depending on the distance between the two airports.

You are only entitled to financial compensation if KLM is at fault for the delay. You can read more about this in the article Compensation for flight delays.

Distance Delay Compensation
up to 1 500 km 3h+ 250 eur
1 500 to 3 500 km 3h+ 400 eur
over 3 500 km 3h+ 300 eur
over 3 500 km 4h+ 600 eur

Cancelled flight with KLM

If KLM cancels your flight more than 14 days before departure, you are entitled to a free change of date or a refund of the original ticket price.

However, if the flight is cancelled less than 14 days before departure, you are also automatically entitled to financial compensation up to 600 eur.

Again, compensation will only be due if the airline cancels the flight and not due to unforeseen circumstances.

Read more about this in the article Compensation for flight cancellations.

Where to apply for compensation

KLM has a special contact form for compensation at ryanair.com/eu-261.

However, airlines often try to avoid compensation by ignoring and lying throughout the application process, so contact the agency directly.

Get up to 600 eur

Krystof Hajek

Krystof is the editor-in-chief of Cestee. He is also an avid traveller with 574 flights and 73 countries visited.

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