There has recently been a question about a traveler who missed his connecting flight within the EU and was forced to take a different flight at a later time. In that scenario, would the EU's flight delay compensation scheme kick in as well? Or does it only apply to point-to-point flights?

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According to EU's Air Passenger Rights FAQ:

Do I have any rights if I am not allowed to board my connecting flight because I arrived late at the gates due to a delay with the first flight?

YES - if the flights are part of a single reservation**, the carrier has to offer you the option between the reimbursement of your ticket and a return flight to the airport of departure at the earliest opportunity or re-routing to your final destination at the earliest opportunity or re-routing at a later date at your convenience under comparable transport conditions, subject to the availability of seats. **In case you are re-routed and you reach your final destination with a delay of 3 hours or more you are entitled to compensation.

So the answer is yes, they do apply as normal.

  • I would be grateful if you (or anyone) could clarify what compensation means in this case.
    – PsySp
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 23:27
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    Are you sure about this? The last FAQ on that page says that "extraordinary circumstances" like bad weather are exempted.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 23:40
  • @mkennedy Yes, weather doesn't count and the vast majority of all delays are due to weather. Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 23:42
  • @PsySp Compensation.
    – Neusser
    Commented Mar 8, 2017 at 9:46
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    @dunni he was denied boarding (see the text of my answer)
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 14:14

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