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What are my rights if my flight is cancelled or delayed?

Your rights in case of flight cancellations or delays depend on various factors including your location, the airline's policies, and the reason for the disruption. However, I can provide you with a general overview of common rights and protections that passengers often have in such situations. Keep in mind that these details might not be up-to-date as of your current date in 2023, so it's advisable to check with the relevant authorities or the airline directly for the most accurate and current information.

Right to Information: Airlines are typically required to provide passengers with information about their rights and the reason for the disruption. This includes the cause of the delay or cancellation and information about alternative flights.

Compensation for Delays and Cancellations: Depending on the region and the length of the delay or cancellation, you might be entitled to compensation. This is more common for longer delays or cancellations. Compensation might include a refund of the ticket price, rerouting to your destination, meals, accommodation, and communication services.

Reimbursement or Rerouting: In the case of a flight cancellation, you generally have the right to either reimbursement of the ticket cost or rerouting to your destination. The airline might also offer you the option of a return flight to your point of departure if the cancellation affects your travel plans.

Care and Assistance: If the delay is significant (usually several hours), airlines are often obligated to provide care and assistance to passengers. This might include meals, refreshments, hotel accommodation if an overnight stay is required, and transportation to and from the hotel and the airport.

Right to Compensation: In some cases, passengers might be eligible for compensation under specific regulations such as the European Union's Regulation 261/2004. This usually applies to flights departing from EU countries or operated by EU airlines, and it outlines compensation amounts based on the length of the flight and the delay duration.

Force Majeure: Airlines are not usually required to provide compensation if the delay or cancellation was caused by extraordinary circumstances beyond their control, such as extreme weather, political instability, or air traffic control strikes.

Claim Procedures: If you believe you are entitled to compensation or other rights due to a flight delay or cancellation, you typically need to contact the airline and follow their claim procedures. This might involve filling out forms and providing relevant documentation.

National Regulations: Different countries and regions have their own aviation regulations and passenger rights. It's important to be aware of the specific rules that apply to your situation.

Remember that passenger rights can vary significantly based on the airline, the region, and the specific circumstances of the disruption. Always check with the airline, relevant authorities, or official sources for the most accurate and up-to-date information in your situation.