The coronavirus is currently very present! Every day there are new news on the subject, which often particularly affect travelers. For example, cruise passengers are stuck on their ships and special checks are carried out at airports.
It all started when more and more airlines cancelled their flights to and from China. In the meantime, the number of passengers has fallen so considerably as a result of the corona virus that more and more airlines have cut down their flight schedules considerably.
What do I do if my flight is cancelled because of the corona virus? Do I get compensation for this?
There are two different scenarios in this situation:
- There is an official travel warning for a particular destination: this is the case for China, for example – the individual European states have agreed to a high to extreme travel risk. This is considered an exceptional circumstance and releases the airlines from the obligation to pay compensation in the event of a flight cancellation.
However, the airline should reimburse you the ticket price for the service not provided and, should you be stranded in a third country after a flight cancellation at short notice, take care of you with board and lodging.
- If there is no official travel warning, the airline has probably cancelled your flight due to low demand: these are economic decisions that are the responsibility of the airline.
If you are informed of the cancellation of your flight less than 14 days before the planned departure date, you should in any case claim your compensation of up to 600 EUR.
In addition, you are of course still entitled to a refund of the ticket costs for the service not provided and, if applicable, to accommodation and meals.
TIP The corona virus also has a considerable impact on the financial situation of airlines!