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Aer Lingus (EI): What you need to do if your Aer Lingus flight is delayed, cancelled or overbooked

Network and punctuality

Founded in 1936, Aer Lingus (EI) is Ireland’s flag carrier and the second-biggest airline in Ireland. Originally established by the Irish government, it was then privatised between 2006 and 2015. Along with British Airways and Iberia, the airline now serves as a subsidiary of International Airlines Group. The carrier has a fleet size of 48 aircrafts and operates to 91 destinations across 24 countries. Last year Aer Lingus had an on-time performance per hour of 83.97%.


While Aer Lingus can be considered rather punctual, just like any other airline it does happen that a flight is delayed, cancelled or overbooked every once in a while. According to Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 an airline has to provide passengers with compensation if their flight is delayed for more than three hours, sporadically cancelled or overbooked. Depending on the exact circumstances, the compensation can range from £220.00 up to £528.00 per passenger. However, claiming this can at times be difficult as carriers try to avoid paying the compensation out. Here's a few little tips to keep in mind when filing a claim:

1. Keep your documents

  • Flight documents (boarding pass, booking confirmation, e-ticket, delay statement, etc.)
  • Receipts for additional costs (e.g. taxi, food and accommodation)

2. Record your flight data

  • Flight number
  • Hours of the flight (arrival & departure schedule)
  • Length of the delay (final departure and arrival time)

3. Try to find out the reason for the delay

  • Ask Aer Lingus' staff
  • Check the weather
  • Scan if others flights are delayed

4. Check your flight with our claim calculator

  • Submit your flight details and find out how much you could get

5. Claim your compensation

Filing a claim against Aer Lingus on your own requires knowing your rights, being sure that the flight is eligible and back and forth communication with the airline. As carriers at times go to great lengths to evade paying compensation, certain claims then even have to go to court. If you would prefer not to waste your time and test your patience, just let us know as we would be more than happy to assist you. With an elaborate database on actual flight schedules and weather conditions, years of experience and a 98% success rate in court, we're more than well equipped to take on your claim. Did we forget to mention our no win, no fee structure? If we need to take your case to court, we'll accept all of the risk and cover legal fees. Only if you get paid will we charge a success fee. For more details, visit our Price List page.


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