If your short-haul flight is delayed, EU law may entitle you to care and assistance during the
delay (which means food, drink and accommodation). Depending on the length and cause of the delay,
you may also be able to claim a lump sum in compensation.
This page explains your rights under EU law when flying a short-haul journey.
Any flight that covers under 1,500km is short-haul. The distance is sometimes shown on your
flight confirmation, or you can check it online.
To be covered by EU law, your flight must be either:
(Under this law, EU airports also include those in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and
See full country list
As long as the law covers your flight, you are always entitled to care and assistance. This
usually means food, drink, access to communications (this could be by refunding the reasonable cost
of phone calls) and accommodation (if necessary).
See what care and assistance you should receive
In some circumstances you may be able to claim a fixed sum in compensation. This depends on what
caused the delay – if it wasn’t the airline’s fault, don’t expect compensation.
Learn about compensation levels and rules
Once your short-haul flight has been delayed for more than five hours, you are entitled to a
refund if you no longer wish to travel.
You will also receive a refund for any unused parts of your booking (for instance, the return
flight), and a flight back to your departure airport if you’ve already completed part of your
The CAA view is that compensation is payable at the same rate as that of adults for infants on
an infant fare.
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