If you have checked your rights and are sure you are entitled to receive a payment
from your airline following a problem with a flight, it’s important to make your case
Many airlines have a standard procedure for dealing with claims. If so, use it. You might have
to send a letter to a particular address or fill in a standard claim form. Check the airline’s
website for instructions, or call them to find out what to do.
If no standard procedure is available, it may be quickest to make initial contact by email. You
can also send a letter.
When you first contact your airline, aim to set out your case clearly and concisely. Explain
what happened and when, and why you feel you are entitled to receive a payment.
Be particularly clear about what you want. State exactly what compensation and expenses you are
Find out what you are entitled to
Send your claim to the airline’s customer relations department. You can escalate your complaint
if you don’t get the result you hoped for.
Give the airline as much information as possible. Try to include:
You should also send as many supporting documents and as much evidence as you can. This might
To make it easier for you to send a claim to your airline, we have created a template letter for
you to use for technical disruptions. You can also use this template for emails.
Download our standard claims letter
We believe that passengers are able to demonstrate that they were on a delayed or cancelled
flight in a number of ways. If you no longer have the tickets, It may be that you have bank or
credit card statements to support your claim.
It could also be that you have other evidence that helps support your claim like:
The airline should then use the information provided by you to check against their own records.
If you have no evidence at all to demonstrate that you were on a flight, and the airline refuses to
handle your complaint on that basis, you are able to make a subject access request
(a request for personal information held about you by a business) under the Data Protection Act
1998. Airlines are able to charge up to £10 for providing information in response to a subject
access request. You should provide the airline with some information so that they can find your
records. This should be at a minimum the date of your flight, the departure and arrival airports
and the passenger name/s.
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