I had bought a flight ticket with Norwegian Air for a flight on the other day, but when I arrived to the airport to do the check-in, they said they had cancelled my ticket because they didn't "have time to confirm my credit card" (besides I received the confirmation previously).

Do customers can make a complaint or are covered in any way in these situations?

*Update: I forgot to say that the refunded me full amount, but I lost time, and every reservation I had in my destination, I don't think is something fair (or serious) to do after the company confirmed the flight.

  • 4
    You can file a complaint; you should, especially if you received a reservation confirmation.
    – Max
    Commented Dec 9, 2016 at 18:54
  • 2
    It is also relevant exactly which "Norwegian" you had a ticket with. There are three legally distinct airlines that share the Norwegian branding; one is headquartered in Ireland and therefore covered by the EU passenger rights regulations no matter where they fly; the other two are based in Norway and only covered for flights originating at an EU airport. Commented Dec 9, 2016 at 19:05
  • 4
    @HenningMakholm EU 261/2004 applies equally in Norway as in the EU countries.
    – Doc
    Commented Dec 10, 2016 at 3:02
  • 2
    @HenningMakholm See Article 3 in the Agreement Establishing the European Common Aviation Area, to which Norway is a Contracting Party: "The applicable provisions of Acts referred to or contained either in Annex I, adapted in accordance with Annex II, or in decisions of the Joint Committee shall be binding upon the Contracting Parties and be, or be made, part of their internal legal order as follows ... " then see Annex I part G on page L285/25 where EC 261/2004 is indeed listed.
    – Calchas
    Commented Dec 10, 2016 at 16:35
  • 2
    @HenningMakholm You also need to read Annex II (2) which adapts the meanings of certain words found in existing regulations and legal instruments. For instance “the term ‘Community airport’ shall read ‘airport located in the European Common Aviation Area’ ” ... it is a lot quicker just to say that the Regulation covers Norway as though Norway were an EU member state.
    – Calchas
    Commented Dec 10, 2016 at 16:48

1 Answer 1


What to do if an EU airline cancels your ticket without notifying you?

If the airline provides a suitable alternative, nothing special.

If the airline does not provide a suitable alternative, buy another ticket and demand recompense.

Do customers can make a complaint or are covered in any way in these situations?

Yes, customers may (in this case probably should) complain.

Yes, there is cover - to refund or find you alternative transport.

Airlines are never normally responsible to passengers for consequential losses – the contract is only for carriage. Insurance may however do so.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .