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Recent flight delays and cancellations with KLM

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About KLM

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the oldest airline in the world. The airline is based at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. KLM is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance and flies to numerous destinations within Europe. KLM also maintains a large intercontinental route network and offers connections to Africa, Asia, North, South and Central America and the Middle East. If you had problems with your last KLM flight, e. for example because your flight was canceled or delayed, as a passenger you are protected by the EU Passenger Rights Regulation. In many cases, you may be entitled to compensation from the airline in the event of flight irregularities.

In case of flight delays and cancellations, we can enforce your right to compensation of up to €600. At Flightright, we assist KLM passengers who have been subjected to a delay or flight cancellation to enforce their rights. Getting compensated is quick and simple. To get started, use our free online calculator to check your eligibility for a KLM flight delay compensation. For flight cancellations due to economic reasons, we see good chances to have a compensation claim, especially if you were informed by KLM not more than 14 days before your flight.

What are my rights when delayed with KLM?

  • According to EU law up to €600 Compensation
  • Regardless of the ticket price
  • Flights up to 6 years old
  • When the flight was delayed at least 3 hours, cancelled or overbooked

What should I do when delayed with KLM?

  • Confirm the reason for the delay with the airline.
  • Collect proof: photos, receipts of expenses, vouchers, etc.
  • Insist on your basic benefits and services at the airport.
  • Check your eligibility for compensation with our free online calculator

More in-depth information regarding the EU-regulation and your passenger rights.

Under what conditions is your flight delay with KLM eligible for compensation?

The 2004 EU261 regulation clearly defines a flight delay as when an airline or its replacement arrives at your destination more than 3 hours later than expected. In this circumstance, you need to check to know if you might be entitled to compensation.

Note: the amount of compensation is dependent on the distance of the flight – not on the amount you paid for your ticket. Additionally, the flight must either take off or land in the European Union. In the case where it is landing in the European Union, the airline must also have its headquarters in the EU.

A KLM passenger is entitled to compensation in the event of the following:

  • Flight delay: If your KLM flight arrives at your destination more than 3 hours later than expected.
  • Flight Cancellation: if you were not informed of the cancellation or informed less than 14 days before departure.
  • Overbooking: If you had suffered a denied boarding due to overbooking of your flight.
  • Missed connecting flight: If you missed a connecting flight due to a delay in one of the legs, and you arrived at your destination more than 3 hours later than expected.

Don’t take any excuses!

  • Meal vouchers or accommodation (in the case of an overnight delay) do not suffice for compensation.
  • All flight packages are covered by this regulation, and only the person on the passenger register who has suffered the delay, irrespective of who paid the ticket, will receive compensation for the inconvenience suffered.
  • Your claims are valid up to 6 years in the past.
  • Only extraordinary circumstances such as union strikes or bad weather relieve the airline of this responsibility.

Here is an overview of which compensation you’ll be entitled to, based on the circumstances of your delay:

  • Short distance flight delays – Below 1500km – Passengers are due €250 compensation from KLM.
  • Medium distance flight delays – Between 1500km and 3500km – Passengers are due €400 compensation from KLM.
  • Long distance flight delays – Over 3500km – Passengers are due €600 compensation from KLM.

Delay, cancellation, overbooking or missed connection flight? You are entitled to:

Short distance up to 1500 kmMedium distance up to 3500 kmLong distance from 3500 km
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How to claim compensation from KLM

The first thing to do is confirm that you are eligible for KLM flight delay compensation. This is often not a simple process when done on your own: getting access to flight databases, comparing your situation with other similar cases, checking whether your case applies under European Regulation No. 261/2004, etc. are some of the tasks that need to be done carefully to determine if you are eligible for a KLM compensation. In fact, for an individual without the legal expertise or the required technology, this can prove quite complicated.

But we have made it all easy with Flightright. In simple steps, you can determine your eligibility for a KLM delay compensation. Simply enter your flight details into our free compensation calculator, establish that you’re entitled to a claim against KLM, and then leave the rest to us. It will only take a few minutes for us to verify the eligibility of your claim and initiate action to ensure that you get compensated. Our service is free, as we only get a percentage of what we can extract as a claim. By choosing us, you are opting to join the more than 11 million satisfied customers who have used our service. We are a dependable partner, and we have been successful at asserting air passenger rights for over 12 years.

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KLM Additional services at the airport

If your KLM flight departure is delayed for more than normal, you immediately have the right to basic benefits and services. These rights vary depending on the distance of your flight. Below, you’ll find an overview of what you’re eligible for:

  • Short distance: from 2 hours waiting time – free drinks, free food, and 2 telephone calls, emails, or faxes
  • Medium distance: from 3 hours waiting time – free drinks, free food, and 2 telephone calls, emails, or faxes
  • Long-haul: from 4 hours waiting time – free drinks, free food, and 2 telephone calls, emails, or faxes

Delays of more than 5 hours

In this instance, you can, regardless of the distance, withdraw from your flight. KLM is obliged to either reimburse you or offer you alternative transportation to your destination.

Departure delayed until the next day

You’re eligible for a stay in a hotel, including transport to and from the airport. Contact KLM customer service directly and ask that confirmation of your hotel room and transfers to be provided in writing.

Your flight didn’t take off yet?

You can simply enter your flight details for your future flight, and we will let you know whether you’re eligible for compensation. Enter your flight here:

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KLM – Summary of Operational Activities in 2023 

Airline NameTotal number of Flights Total number of Cancelations Total number of Delays
KLM66.509  1.705 166 

In 2023, KLM operated a total of 66,509 flights, of which 1,705 were canceled and 166 were delayed. This data shows the airline’s extensive operational activities in the past year.

Top 5 Major Airports KLM Operated at in 2023 

The most important airports for KLM in 2023 were Amsterdam, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), London (Heathrow), Berlin (Brandenburg) and Roma (Rome). Amsterdam Airport was the most important hub with 59,756 flights, followed by Paris and London. This underlines the central role of these airports in KLM’s route network.

Airport NameTotal Number of Flights Total Number of Cancellations  Total Number of Delays  
Amsterdam 59.756 1.355 152 
Paris (Charles de Gaulle) 2.338 73 
London (Heathrow) 2.041 79 
Berlin (Brandenburg) 1.815 75 
Roma (Rome) 1.774 43 

Had flight problems with KLM?

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