EU-261 Passenger Rights

In the unfortunate event of a flight delay or flight cancellation, we do our best to minimise the impact of these circumstances. See below for more information on your care entitlements, as well as instructions on how to claim travel expenses and compensation.

EU261 regulations are common rules on compensation and assist passengers event of denied boarding, flight cancellations or long flight delays.

If you have experienced a flight delay or flight cancellation and you choose to be re-routed as soon as possible, you may be entitled to the following: 

  • Meals and Refreshments that are reasonable in relation to the waiting time;
  • Two telephone calls or e-mails;
  • Reasonable hotel accommodation where a stay of one or more nights becomes necessary;
  • Transport that is reasonable between the airport and place of accommodation (hotel or other).

*Please note that the above care entitlements are not applicable should you choose to be re-routed at a later date at your convenience or if you choose to get a refund.

Information on EU-261

EU261 affects passengers departing from/arriving into the European Union and the European Economic Area.

Please note, not all passengers are entitled to EU261 compensation. Eligibility is determined by a number of criteria.

Monetary compensation is determined by the following distances between departure/arrival airports:

  • €250 in respect of all flights of 1,500 km or less or;
  • €400 in respect of all intra-EU flights of more than 1,500 km and for all other flights    between 1,500 km and 3,500 km or;
  • €600 in respect of all non-internal EU flights of more than 3,500 km.

If your flight has been cancelled or delayed you might be eligible for compensation or expenses. There are various rules and restrictions regarding making a claim, therefore it is advised to check your eligibility before requesting compensation and expenses.

For more information on your options for a delayed flight, click here.

For more information on your options for a cancelled flight, click here.

Entitled for compensation for disrupted flights depends on eligibility criteria.

  • If the flight delay or cancellation is outside of Ryanair’s control. These are extraordinary circumstances which could not have been avoided by all reasonable measures. They include, adverse weather conditions, de-icing, lightning strikes, runway/airport closure, strike action, issues with Air Traffic Control, bird strike, foreign object debris, external handling difficulties, security and medical emergencies;
  • If you were notified of a flight cancellation more than 14 days in advance of your scheduled departure date;
  • If your flight was delayed and arrives at its final destination with a delay that is less than 3 hours.

Ryanair urges customers with valid EU261 compensation claims to submit their claims directly to Ryanair and avoid “claims chaser” firms who can deduct over 40% of a €250 claim in fees. Customers with valid claims who claim directly from Ryanair will receive 100% of their EU261 compensation entitlement without the deduction of these excessive “claims chaser” fees. Customers may submit claims to Ryanair via our user-friendly compensation form.

For more information on your options for a delayed flight, click here.

For more information on your options for a cancelled flight, click here.

Compensation Form