Ryanair Flight Delay Compensation

Applying for Delayed Flight Compensation from Ryanair

According to EU Regulation 261/04, if you have had a Ryanair flight delay, then you could be entitled for compensation of up to €600. Unfortunately, few passengers are aware of their right to compensation. Even fewer know how to tackle the complex field of aviation law in order to successfully claim their refund.

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Because of the existing administrative obstacles, however, enforcing your right to compensation can be very stressful and time-consuming.

SkyRefund’s legal experts would be happy to assist you in receiving your compensation. You only need to submit the basic details of your flight in our simple claim form. We will use our expertise and experience in aviation law to ensure that you receive your Ryanair flight delay compensation. In the meantime, you can sit back and relax.

In addition, we work according to a “No Win, No Fee” principle which means that we would only receive our 25% fee (VAT included) once we are successful in negotiating your compensation. So while there’s always a risk that a flight delay or cancellation might occur, SkyRefund offers you a risk- and hassle-free way of claiming your compensation.


How much compensation are you entitled to for your flight delay?

Depending on the length of your journey and the duration of the delay you experienced, you can submit a Ryanair compensation claim for delayed flight for up to:

€ 250 € 400 € 600
Less than 1500 km Between 1500 & 3500 km More than 3500 km


When can you claim compensation?

According to EU rules, you can claim Ryanair flight delay compensation if you have experienced any of the following:


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Under EU Regulation 261/04, Ryanair is required to pay compensation to its passengers whenever a flight delay:

  • Forced its passengers to arrive at their final destination with a delay in excess of 3 hours.
  • Was not caused by any extraordinary circumstances.

Is my flight eligible?


Extraordinary circumstances are any events which are outside the responsibilities and capabilities of an airline to prevent and that lead to a delay or cancellation. Some of the most common cases of extraordinary circumstances include: bad weather, airport strikes, runway closures and other air traffic control restrictions, as well as bird strikes.

Preventing events such as bad weather is outside of Ryanair’s capabilities. In all of the above mentioned cases, if there is a Ryanair flight delay, the airline would not be legally required to pay compensation to its passengers.

Mechanical faults are not considered extraordinary circumstances. It is reasonable to expect the airline to monitor their aircraft and address any potential issues. This means that passengers can apply for delayed flight compensation from Ryanair.

Finally, in order to claim compensation for delayed Ryanair flight, passengers need to have arrived at their final destination with a delay of over 3 hours. Unfortunately, spending more than three hours at the airport before take off does not automatically entitle you to compensation. It is the delay upon arrival which matters.


Cancelled Ryanair Flight

If your flight was cancelled, you could submit a flight compensation form to Ryanair. Eligibility in this case is determined by a few important criteria:

  • You were informed of the cancellation less than 14 days before your flight.
  • Your alternate flight arrived at your final destination more than 2 hours behind schedule.
  • There were no extraordinary circumstances (e.g. bad weather).

Most Ryanair flights are cancelled on the day of departure. If, however, you were notified of the cancellation between 7 and 14 days prior to your flight, you need to have arrived at your final destination with an overall delay of 4 hours in order to be eligible for compensation.


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It’s important to remember that if a flight is cancelled, you are always entitled either to an alternate flight or to a full refund of your ticket costs. In this sense, a refund and compensation differ. You are entitled to a refund even if there were extraordinary circumstances or if you were notified of the cancellation more than 14 days before flying.

Right to Care

In case of a cancellation or delay, Ryanair passengers can make use of their right to care. Under EU Regulation 261, the airline is required to provide passengers with food and drinks for the duration of their disruption.

In case of a Ryanair flight delay, the airline should pay the costs for all necessary purchases until your departure. If your flight was cancelled, then the carrier is required to cover your food, drinks and accommodation costs.

In most cases, the airline will offer their passengers vouchers which can be used at the airport. If you go over the Ryanair voucher amount or you don’t receive one, don’t worry. You can still make any additional purchases you would like. If you hold on to your receipts, the airline will have to reimburse you fully for your expenditures.


How to claim compensation from Ryanair for a delayed flight?

If you’ve had a problem flight with Ryanair in the last three years, you can choose between three ways in which you could claim your compensation.


You can claim without any external help

You could approach Ryanair on your own and ask for your flight delay compensation. However, it is very important to have a working knowledge of EU Regulation 261 and any domestic laws on passenger rights.

Moreover, remember to be patient. This can often be a long and tiresome process. It involves a significant amount of paperwork and back and forth with the airline.

In addition, by claiming on your own, you could be reducing your chances of success. Lawyers and claim agencies can provide very useful legal expertise or simply do all of the work on the passenger’s behalf. Unfortunately, many passengers who decide to claim on their own expend significant time and energy without being able to claim their refund.


You can hire a lawyer

Alternatively, you could ask a lawyer to assist you. A law firm can provide you with valuable advice about claiming your refund or compensation.

Before approaching a law firm, however, be aware that working with one may not significantly affect the amount of hassle involved. You would likely have to attend a number of meetings, hold phone calls and fill-out a lot of paperwork.

The biggest risk when claiming compensation with a lawyer is that you would have to pay them for their services regardless of whether they helped you or not.


Get help from SkyRefund to claim your Ryanair Flight delay compensation

SkyRefund will take all of the necessary steps to make sure that you receive your compensation from Ryanair.

Using SkyRefund’s services, you can receive all of the expert legal advice that a lawyer provides but without the risk of having to pay us if for we are unable to secure your compensation. You only need to submit your flight details and we will take it from there.


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About Ryanair

Since its inception, Ryanair has experienced a remarkable transformation. From a regional Irish airline attempting to disrupt the British Air/Aer Lingus co-ownership of the Dublin- London route, it has become Europe’s largest airline.

This resounding success is likely due to Michael O’Leary. At the time, he was one of Ryanair’s senior financial and tax advisors, and now-- its CEO. After witnessing the “no-frills” policy of Southwest Airlines in the US, he became convinced that their approach could be successful in the European Union.

Thus, Ryanair began flying to secondary EU airports with much lower charges and to rely on online check-in which cut the company’s overhead costs even further.

Today, the airline’s headquarters are based in Dublin and its main hubs are Dublin Airport (DUB) and London Stansted (STN). The company connects more than 30 countries and performs nearly 2000 services a day on its more than 300 operational aircraft.

In 2017 and in partnership with Air Europa, Ryanair launched long haul services to Cuba, Mexico and Brazil.


Ryanair Rankings

Skytrax, the leading airline ranking website, has given Ryanair an overall score of 6/10. This rating represents the average customer satisfaction for air travel components such as overall passenger comfort and value for money.


Luggage and Fare Information

Ryanair allows air travellers to bring a single small cabin bag onboard free of charge. If you'd like, you can bring an additional bag up to 10 kg to the gate but it will be tagged and taken to the plane's cargo free of charge. If passengers would like to purchase an additional checked-in baggage, they would have to pay €25 per bag if they declare it online and €40 if checking-in at the airport.