Flight Compensation for Zurich Airport Delays
Not many passengers are aware, but you could be entitled to compensation when your flight is canceled or affected by Zurich Airport delays. If your airline was responsible for the delay, then under EU law they should pay passengers as much as €600 in compensation.
Not sure if your flight meets the criteria? Use our compensation check tool to find out, and to start your claim.
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About Air Passenger Rights at Zurich Airport
Most air travelers using Zurich Airport (ZRH) are protected by European air passenger rights law (EU Regulation No. 261/2004). That's because under EC 261 it doesn't matter where you're from, you just need to have departed from an EU airport, or to have flown into one on an EU airline. The regulation also covers the EEA and 'outermost regions', like the Azores, Canary Islands, and Guadalupe.
That means that if your airline was responsible for the delays at Zurich Airport, you're owed a payout of up to €600 per person.
The law applies to previous delayed and canceled flights too - typically you can claim for flights from up to 3 years ago.
Are you Protected by EC 261?
|Route||EU Airline||Non-EU Airline|
|Departures from Zurich Airport||✔️ Yes||✔️ Yes|
|Arrivals at Zurich Airport||✔️ Yes||❌ No|
When is there Compensation for Zurich Airport Delays?
So you've been stuck waiting because there are delayed flights from Zurich Airport. Whether or not you're owed compensation hinges on a few factors.
Firstly, it is whether the delays in Zurich Airport are something your airline is expected to take responsibility for. If the delays are due to extraordinary circumstances, such as an unexpected incident at Zurich Airport, or bad weather affecting departures, then the airline can't be expected to shoulder the responsibility as these situations were outside their control.
It also depends on how long the delay was — and when it comes to eligibility, it is the time that you finally arrived at your destination that matters. Under EC 261, you can claim up to €600 if your flight arrived over 3 hours later than its original schedule.
To make understanding eligibility for flight compensation simple we've built a compensation check tool which easily tells you how much you are owed. Or you can check our page on flight delay compensation.
Compensation for Zurich Airport Cancellations
When there are Zurich Airport flight cancellations, passengers are protected by regulation EC 261. Regardless of why the flight was canceled, the airline is still responsible for its passengers, and must offer them alternative transportation or a refund.
Once the immediate issue of how to get to your destination is dealt with, passengers should also make sure to find out whether they are entitled to additional compensation as well. In some cases travelers could receive a payout of up to €600 per person.
If Zurich Airport canceled flights, as opposed to your airline, the additional payout is unlikely. That's due to a clause about extraordinary circumstances, which says airlines shouldn't have to pay compensation for necessary cancellations caused by events outside of their control. That typically covers cancellations due to airport incidents and bad weather conditions.
When your flight was canceled is also important. Compensation is owed if the airline canceled your flight less than 2 weeks before departure, and weren't able to put you on a similar replacement.
Naturally, the law says a lot more about flight cancellation compensation than just the above — there's more information on our dedicated page.
How Much Compensation?
This table shows you how much compensation you could be owed if your flight is eligible for compensation. To make sure all the surrounding circumstances are fully taken into account, fill in your details in our free compensation check.
Zurich Airport Delays - What to Do
Here’s what you should do if you're affected by delays at Zurich Airport:
- Collect proof of the delay or flight cancellation (e.g. emails from the airline, photos of the departure board).
- Keep all your travel documents.
- Ask your airline why your flight's been affected.
- Ask the airline to pay for your meals and refreshments.
- Pay attention to what the airline offers you — don't sign anything that would waive your right to compensation.
- Keep all receipts that prove the disruption cost you extra money.
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