Broadly defined, the term “extraordinary circumstances” describes any set of conditions or events that prevent a flight from departing on time, despite the airline having taken all reasonable measures to avoid the disruption.
What does extraordinary circumstances mean?
Extraordinary Circumstances means factors not normally incident to or foreseeable during an administrative proceeding. It includes circumstances beyond a party’s control that normal prudence and experience could not foresee, anticipate or provide for.
Is bad weather an extraordinary circumstance?
Bad weather is not always an extraordinary circumstance, despite what an airline might tell you when you try to claim direct from them. In fact, the only time weather is an extraordinary circumstance is when: Air Traffic Control decides to reduce flow rates due to bad weather.
Is fog an extraordinary circumstance?
If passengers are unable to fly on time due to severe weather conditions, thick fog or an ash cloud, generally speaking, they are not entitled to compensation. This is because weather conditions are considered as an “extraordinary circumstance”, as referred to in Article 5 III of Regulation (EC) No. 261/2004.
Can I claim compensation if my flight is delayed due to weather?
However, if the fog does not affect the airport of departure or arrival, you may be eligible for compensation. Imagine your flight was delayed due to a previous flight disrupted or cancelled as a result of bad weather.