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10:50 AM 29th November 2023

Snow Across The UK Could Impact Air Travel- Here's What To Do If Your Flight Is Delayed Or Cancelled

Photo by Niklas Jonasson on Unsplash
Photo by Niklas Jonasson on Unsplash
Yellow weather warnings have been issued with snow falling in parts of the UK and ice forecast which could lead to "hazardous conditions".

Whilst planes can and do fly in light snow, it's important for the airport and the airline to work together to manage snow and ice accumulation on the aircraft. That is where de-icing and clearing the runway come into play, which can cause delays in take-off.

For those who experience any delays or cancellations in the coming weeks, a spokesperson for has shared your best options for rearranging and claiming any compensation:

"Whilst booking a package holiday can slash the cost of going away, if your flight is cancelled you can risk having your whole holiday cancelled or rearranged.

“If you have booked a package holiday and your flights are cancelled, you have the rights to either claim a full refund, a reroute of the trip destination and potentially compensation from the airline.

“However, in these specific circumstances, delays and cancellations caused by air traffic control restrictions are considered an ‘extraordinary circumstance’ and therefore do not qualify for compensation.

“In cases of flight delays and flight cancellations due to an ‘extraordinary circumstance,’ the airline must provide you with additional services, depending on the length of your delay and waiting time.

These additional services include free meals and refreshments, which you are entitled to when your flight is delayed by at least 2 hours. Passengers should also receive a free overnight accommodation and a transfer to and from the airport if the flight is shifted to the next day.

“If a travel operator needs to cancel a package holiday for any reason, they are required to notify you as soon as possible and without undue delay. This is to ensure that you have enough time to help you make alternative arrangements or seek refunds.

"However, in many people's case due to the disruption, if you are at the airport when the flight is cancelled, it is advised that you contact your travel company straight away to talk through your options.

“If the delay lasts more than five hours, but is not actually cancelled, you should also be able to choose not to travel and get a full refund on your ticket.

“If your flight cannot be rearranged, meaning your whole holiday must be cancelled, then the travel company must offer an alternative holiday if possible, or a refund of the full package price, not just the flight part.”

What is the best option?

If you are wondering whether to claim a full refund or reschedule your holiday, this depends on personal circumstances.

There are several factors you can consider making this decision:

Refund Amount- if the travel operator is offering a full refund, this could be financially more appealing, especially if you are uncertain about your future travel plans.

Availability- consider if the dates the travel operator offers you are a suitable alternative date for your original trip. If the new dates do not align with your schedule, rescheduling might not be a viable option.

Change Fees: check if the travel operator is waiving any change fees for rescheduling. Some operators might impose fees for changing travel dates, which could impact your decision.

A spokesperson for Claims UK added:

“If you received less than 14 days’ notice of the cancellation, you can claim compensation. This can be awarded in pounds or euros depending on where your flight was due to depart from.”

The awards are according to the following scale:

£220 / €250 for all flights of 1,500km or less (e.g. Glasgow to Amsterdam);

£350 / €400 for all flights between 1,500km and 3,500km (e.g. East Midlands to Marrakech);

£520 / €600 for all other flights (e.g. London to New York).