KLM Royal Dutch Airlines - Flight Cancellations
Important information about KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Established in 1919, KLM is considered the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name. With a home base in Amsterdam, KLM Group has a fleet of over 200 airplane and over 30,000 employees.
This large fleet is needed for the number of destinations KLM fly too. KLM offer many European destinations, 92 to be exact; it also has a vast 70 intercontinental destinations.
KLM and Air France merged together in 2004 and together play a key role in Europeans air transport industry. The two airlines adjoined have been ranked in the top of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the leading international index for measuring sustainability; they have been ranked first for 12 years in a row.
KLM strive for lower carbon emission; as such, they purchase new fleet and reduce their weight on board. In fact, they were the first airline to use biofuels on commercial flights.
While KLM have much to be proud of, they do, on occasion, let down their passengers by delays, cancellations and overbookings. According to European Law, if you are delayed for over 3 hours, your flight was cancelled, or you were not allowed on your flight due to overbooking you may be eligible for flight compensation.
Backing up your claim
To give your claim the best chance of success, check with the airline regarding exactly what caused the delay. Collect any evidence you can, such as flight documents, photos and receipts, keep any paperwork given to you by the airline. A successful outcome can depend heavily on evidence – particularly if the flight took place (or didn’t, as the case may have been) a few years back.
Ask the airline staff what you can claim for - both there and then and later on - and make a note of any details you’re given, plus staff names, times and dates. If you can, take contact details of the airline’s other passengers in the same situation.
You may be able to claim as much as €600. This varies according to the distance you flew, or should have flown, with different rates applying to short, medium and long haul flights, as follows.
What you can claim at the airport
For short haul flights, you can claim from 2 hours’ delay or more. The airline should cover the cost of food and drinks, and of 2 phone calls, emails or faxes. For medium haul flights, the delay time from which you can claim increases to 3 hours, and then 4 hours for long haul flights.
For longer delays of 5 hours plus, you have a right to refuse to board a flight that is delayed by over 5 hours, in which case the airline must refund you or offer alternative transportation.
In the case of a flight being delayed until the next day, the airline must provide overnight accommodation, as well as transfers to and from the airport. Make sure you get any promised services put down in writing and keep a copy. Sometimes, it is not always possible for the airline to provide all of their passengers accommodation in the case of a widespread disruption. If you find yourself paying for your own accommodation, keep all of your receipts and this should be reimbursed by the airline.
How Flight Patrol can help
Claiming flight delay compensation from KLM is easier when you know how. Our experience means we can secure what passengers are entitled to, with a minimum amount of fuss. We will claim on your behalf, we have an experienced team of claims experts and we will secure your compensation without causing you any stress or hassle.
If you claim yourself, you could find that it takes a lot of time. You may even struggle to get anywhere, simply because you have little experience in dealing with such claims. The process could therefore be stressful and energy-sapping, as well as time-consuming, and you may need to do a lot of research to make any headway at all. Your chances of success will sadly be limited by the fact that you are not familiar with this process. Passengers complain that the process takes up time, requires experience, is stressful and has a low chance of success.
If we claim on your behalf, we can reach a conclusion professionally, simply and swiftly. We can offer a highly experienced team, a stress-free experience and, most importantly, a high chance of success with your claim.
Your rights when delayed with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
- According to EU law up to €600 compensation
- Regardless of the ticket price
- Flights up to 6 years old
- When the flight was delayed at least 3 hours, cancelled or overbooked
Tips and Tricks when delayed with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
- Confirm the reason for the delay with the airline
- Collect proof: photos, receipts of expenses, vouchers etc
- Insist on your basic rights and services at the airport
- Exchange contact information with other passengers
How to claim against KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
- Enter your flight details into our calculator
- Enter details of replacement flights (if any)
- Enter details of fellow passengers
- Leave the rest to us!
Up to 1500km
(e.g. London - Edinburgh)
Up to 3500km
(e.g. London - Athens)
(e.g. London - Tokyo)
Don't take any excuses! Vouchers for food or hotels don't negate the airline's responsibillity to pay your compensation