Finnair flight delayed or cancelled? Get compensation and a refund!

If your Finnair flight was delayed or cancelled, you might be eligible for flight compensation under the British and EU261 regulations!

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Key Takeaways

  • Finnair flight delayed by more than 3 hours? You might be able to claim compensation of up to £520!

  • Finnair flight cancelled? You might be able to claim flight compensation and a monetary refund of your ticket.

  • You can submit your compensation claim online with — it only takes a few minutes.

Delayed Finnair flight — claim compensation

If your Finnair flight was delayed by more than 3 hours, you are entitled to flight compensation under British and European flight compensation regulations. The airline must be the party at fault for the delay.

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Cancelled Finnair flight — refund and compensation policies

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your cancelled Finnair flights, you may be entitled to flight compensation of up to £520, a ticket refund, or both.

When can I claim compensation for my cancelled Finnair flight?

To be eligible for cancelled flight compensation, your Finnair flight must have been cancelled fewer than 14 days prior to the original departure date.

The airline may rightfully deny you compensation in some cases. See the "Extraordinary Circumstances" section of this article for more information on such situations.

When can I claim a refund for my cancelled Finnair flight?

If your Finnair flight got cancelled, you could get a refund if:

  1. The airline did not offer you an alternative flight.

  2. The airline did offer you an alternative flight, but you decided not to take it.

Cancellation noticeAlternative flightCompensation
Fewer than 7 days in advanceDeparts 1h+ earlier or arrived 2h+ laterYes
7-14 days in advanceDeparts 2h+ earlier or arrived 4h+ laterYes
Fewer than 14 days in advanceNo alternative flight offeredYes + refund

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How much Finnair compensation can I get for a delayed or cancelled flight?

The amount of compensation depends on the distance of your flight:

Distance of your flightCompensation
Flights shorter than 1,500 kmGet £220 per passenger
Flight between 1,500 and 3,500 kmGet £350 per passenger
Flights of over 1,500 kilometres within the EU
Get £350 per passenger
Flights of over 3,500 kilometres outside of the EU
Get £520 per passenger

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Extraordinary circumstances — can Finnair deny me compensation?

Finnair can deny flight compensation if the delay or cancellation was caused by a third party or force majeure. These situations are referred to as extraordinary circumstances.

Some of the most common extraordinary circumstances are:

  • Bad weather conditions, such as thick fog, heavy rain, or thunderstorms.

  • A strike, most often specifically within the aviation industry (for example, a strike of air traffic control workers at a specific airport).

    However, a strike of the airline's crew is not considered an extraordinary circumstance!

  • Political circumstances, such as a terrorist attack or general security risk due to political unrest.

  • Natural disasters, including volcanic eruptions and hurricanes.

  • A collision between the aircraft and birds or other foreign objects.

  • An ill or unruly passenger.

  • Flight delays caused by the airport staff, such as extraordinarily long queues to security checks.

Watch out though! Airlines can sometimes claim that an extraordinary circumstance occurred, even if this was not the case. They are hoping to avoid having to pay passengers their well-deserved flight compensation.

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How long do I have to claim my Finnair compensation and refund?

If you were flying from the UK, you have 6 years to claim compensation and refund. The exception is Scotland, where you have 5 years to claim.

Depending on the flight route, the time limit to submit a claim might vary as it depends on: the law of the country of departure, the law of the country of arrival, as well as the law of the country where the airline is headquartered.

Check if you can still get compensation and a refund from Finnair with our free Claim Calculator.

How long will it take to get my Finnair compensation / Finnair refund?

Passengers who use to seek flight compensation or a refund often receive their money within a few weeks or months.

However, if the airline fails to respond and/or the claim must be filed in court, the wait time could be months or even years.

Rest assured, regardless of how long your Finnair claim takes, our team will keep you updated on any significant developments in your case and will be available to answer any questions you may have.

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About Finnair

Finnair is the flag carrier and largest airline in Finland. The company is headquartered in Vantaa, Finland. Finnair flies internationally to Europe, North America, Mexico, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

Other Nordic airlines include Norse Atlantic Airways, PLAY Airlines, and Wideroe, among others.