Assessment of legal validity
You may be entitled to receive up to €600.00 per person.
Passenger rights are important! When travelling in, to and from Europe there is a body of legislation that grants you the right to be compensated when your flight has been delayed, cancelled, overbooked or if your schedule has been changed. In this page you will learn all you need to know about your rights, the exceptions and, most importantly, how to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to as a passenger.
The polish airline has been roaming skies since 1928 and is a popular airline European destinations. However, not all passengers may be aware of the fact that if your LOT Polish Airlines flight has been delayed, cancelled or overbooked, you may very well be entitled to compensation. Although different criteria apply for flight delays and cancellations, your passenger rights are protected by Regulation (EC) No 261/2004. In most cases, you’ll be able to claim if you’ve arrived at your final destination with a delay of more than 3 hours (2 for cancellations). And, as established by the previously mentioned regulation, you can claim your compensation, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, up to 6 years after the date of the flight.
These are the most relevant criteria to take into account when assessing if you’re entitled to compensation from LOT Polish Airlines:
Set by the legislation, the total amount you may receive as compensation is defined by the flight itinerary and the distance between the airport of departure and arrival. Connecting flights are taken into account when assessing your situation. In other words, your whole booking is covered by the regulation. Consequently, it’s the distance between your initial airport of departure and your final destination what will determine the total amount of money that you may receive in compensation for your delayed, overbooked or cancelled flight. Connecting flights are covered as long as they have been booked under the same reference. Put differently, if they are part of the same ticket or itinerary.
Please remember that if your flight travelled a distance greater than 3,500 kilometres and it was delayed more than 3 hours but fewer than 4, then the total amount of compensation is reduced by 50%. The regulation defines the total amounts in euros and they are €250, €400 and €600.
The airline should provide you with proper care in the event of a long delay or flight cancellation. This may include the following:
If you have incurred additional costs because you did not receive the corresponding assistance and/or care, you have the right to be reimbursed. Remember to keep your itemised invoices and receipts. The request for reimbursement may also be attached to your claim for compensation.
These are our most relevant recommendations and things to keep in mind when your LOT Polish Airlines flight has been disrupted:
Enter the date and flight number of your LOT Polish Airlines flight in our claim calculator below to see if you can claim compensation for your delay or cancellation. You will also know the total amount of compensation you may be entitled to.
Missed connections are also covered by the regulation. Let us explain! If your LOT booking originated from Europe and a delay or cancellation in any of your flights has made you arrive at your final destination with a delay of 3 hours or more, you can claim compensation. The catch: all flights must be under the same booking. The distance used to determine how much money you could get in compensation will be that between your initial airport of departure and the airport at your final destination.
Regulation EC 261/2004 specifies that passengers may receive compensation if the delay, cancellation or denied boarding was caused by an incident under the responsibility of the airline. It means that the airline will have to pay compensation unless it can prove that the disruption was caused by an extraordinary circumstance. Examples of extraordinary circumstances include adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, political unrest, a threat to the safety of the flight or passengers, a passenger falling ill, etc.
To find out more about extraordinary circumstances, please visit our extraordinary circumstances page.
Very often, airlines make the process of claiming as complicated as possible in order to simply avoid compensating their passengers. They also overuse the argument that a disruption was caused by an extraordinary circumstance. Therefore, and more often than not, one sees passengers lose hope and accept the airline’s rejection as the truth.
Fortunately, we have the adequate tools and databases to ensure that your rights are enforced and to fact-check the airlines. We will even take the them to court when necessary and all of the legal costs will be covered by our 25% win-fee. If you wish so, we can take care of everything and help you enforce your rights!
If you want to maximise the probability of being compensated for your LOT Polish Airlines flight delay, cancellation or overbooking, you can let a specialised service, like Flight-Delayed, take care of the whole ordeal. We will gladly help you get what is yours, all under our no-win no-fee agreement.
The English airline is usually punctual, contrary to popular belief. However, if your flight was delayed, in accordance with the above-mentioned ruling, you may claim compensation if:
In January 2019, the polish airline had an on-time performance of 85.5% airlines, making it the 50th most on-time air carrier amongst all other global airlines. The total amount you can receive in compensation varies depending on the distance travelled by your flight and sometimes also on the total amount of time you are delayed at your final destination. If you want to know immediately if your route is covered and how much money you may be entitled to, quickly check your flight with our claim calculator.
If your flight was cancelled, then you have the right to claim compensation according to EC 261/2004. However, as with flight delays, there are certain conditions that must be met in order to be entitled to compensation. In the case of cancellations this is a little more complicated, as the moment you are informed of the cancellation also comes into play. At this point, we will try to keep it simple and understandable, but you can always use our complaint calculator and check your flight. As far as flight cancellations are concerned, the moment you were informed of the interruption is very important:
All of the cases mentioned above will only grant you the right to be compensated if your cancellation was not due to an extraordinary circumstance. We will talk more about these circumstances later, but it should be noted now that they also apply to flight delays.
One more thing to take into account, if your flight is cancelled the airline has the obligation to take you, eventually, to your final destination or to refund your ticket if you do not wish to travel anymore because you haven’t been offered a suitable alternative flight.
If your flight is delayed for more than 5 hours and you do not wish to travel anymore, you can request a full refund of your fare. However, this will mean that you won’t receive compensation as you actually need to arrive at your final destination in order to claim it.
If your flight has been cancelled and you have not been offered a suitable alternative flight or if you’ve had to arrange your own alternative flight or method of transportation because of the same reason, you are also entitled to a refund and, in some cases, also compensation. The request for a refund can be attached to your claim for compensation if you wish to submit your claim with Flight-Delayed.
Incidents where passengers have been denied boarding are also covered by the regulation. The text states that if you have been denied boarding without being responsible, you must be compensated under the same principles that apply to delays and cancellations.
There are certain things that are considered to be the passenger's responsibility, for example:
If you've fulfilled all your responsibilities as a passenger, the airline probably only has one good reason to deny you boarding: the flight is overbooked. Selling more tickets than the number of seats available is a very common practice in the industry. They do this to maximise profits and simply count on the fact that some passengers will not show up for the flight. However, in some cases, everyone arrives at the boarding gate and someone has to be left out.
If this has happened to you, be certain that you are entitled to compensation. Before accepting any travel voucher, you should know how much money you can receive in compensation since, most of the time, the airlines offer a lower amount than that stipulated by law. In addition, you are entitled to a cash payment. However, remember that if you give up your seat voluntarily, you will lose your right to be compensated.
The airlines constantly reject requests for compensation on the grounds that the cause of the delay or cancellation was an extraordinary circumstance. When rejecting a claim, the obligation to prove that an extraordinary circumstance actually occurred is on LOT, so we will not accept the rejection until they have proven the cause of the delay. In some cases, we may have to take LOT to court. If you already have the reason why the airline delayed or cancelled your flight, or why they stated that they do not have to pay compensation, please let us know when you submit your claim.
If you’re uncertain if your flight delay or cancellation qualifies for compensation, once you’ve submitted your claim our team of experts will analyse the circumstances and assess your situation. If your claim has already been rejected by LOT Polish Airlines, you can still submit your claim and our team will verify and corroborate the airline’s arguments. Very often, they assess the situation wrongly and reject perfectly valid claims; so don’t give up that easily and don’t worry, we’re here to help you!
LOT Polish Airlines has a fleet size of 82 aircraft, which operate more than 100 destinations across in continents such as Europe, Asia and North America but serving most of its destinations from its origin in Poland. In 2019, the polish air carrier transported 10 million passengers and has recently made the German airline Condor, a member of its consortium. In January 2019, the airline had an on-time performance of 85.5% and a cancellation rate of 0.8%.
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