JFK Flight Delays or Cancellations

For JFK delays or cancellations, you may have the right to compensation under EU Regulation 261/2004.

You could claim up to 600€ ($700) from the airlines.

John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport is the busiest airport in the world. In a busy city like New York, it is evident that arrivals and departures at JFK Airport go beyond 1000 flights per day.

With such heavy air traffic, it is obvious that flights tend to get delayed or canceled, there is nothing much you can do about it.

Passengers should not panic or worry about the loss due to such problems. The best way to deal with the situation is to know what are your air passenger rights?

JFK Airport, New York Flights’ Delayed or Canceled

Here is all you need to know about JFK airport delay or cancellation.

You may be eligible for delayed flight compensation if …

  • you have been departed from an EU airport (with any airline)
  • you departed from JFK Airport and arrived at an EU airport with an EU-registered airline
  • you reached the final destination later than three hours
  • and, the delay or cancellation shouldn’t be due to any extraordinary circumstances

Are you eligible for compensation?

What to do for NYC flight delays at JFK Airport?

  • ☛ check with your airline to determine if your flight is affected
  • ☛ ask the airlines’ for the reason behind it
  • ☛ note the actual arrival time (i.e., when the plane door was opened)
  • ☛ get a confirmation of it, in writing
  • ☛ note the actual arrival time when you landed
  • ☛ collect evidence (e.g. boarding pass, voucher, receipts, etc)
  • check if you are eligible for compensation

Does EC Regulation 261/2004 applicable to JFK Airport Passengers?

No matter from whichever country you belong to, or whatever citizenship you had, if you travel to or from any of the European destinations with EU airlines flights, you are eligible for compensation.

In these cases, you could receive compensation, if the airline was responsible for …

  • flight delays: if you reached the final destination with more than 3 hours delay.
  • flight cancellations: if you were informed about flight cancellation without any prior notice of at least 0 to 14 days of departure.
  • denied boarding: if you were denied boarding your flight due to overselling of flight tickets.
  • missed connecting flight: if you missed your connecting flight due to delay or cancellation of your first flight, and reached later than 3 hours at the final destination.

Whereas, if the disruptions were caused due to some extraordinary circumstances, there is no compensation.

Examples of such situations are:

  • Bad weather condition ( storm, snowfall, tsunami, etc)
  • Security threats
  • The strike includes personnel strike, air traffic control strike or bird strikes
  • Technical or Mechanical failure

JFK Airport Flight Delays

Under EU law, you could be entitled to compensation or refund for longer flight delays.

Whereas, airlines can excuse for disruptions caused due to weather or wind, security threats, strike, or circumstances which are beyond the control.

JFK Arrival Delays

For flight delays on arrivals for more than 3 hours, you could be entitled to compensation up to 600€.

How much can I claim for JFK flight delays?

The amount of compensation varies between 250€ to 600€ depending upon the route distance and length of the delay.

The table below shows the amount of compensation that you can claim under the EU Regulation 261/2004:

Arrival Delay Route Distance Claimable Amount
Up to 2 hours 59 minutes Any distance None
3 hours or more less than 1,500 km 250 Euros
3 hours or more 1,500 km to 3,500 km 400 Euros
4 hours or more more than 3,500 km 600 Euros

How much you can claim?

JFK departure delays

If your flight delays at departure, you are eligible for “Right to Care”.

The airline must offer:

For delays over 2 hours free meals and refreshments
2 free phone calls, email or fax service
For delays over 5 hours re-routed to the earliest available flight (OR)
refund of the ticket cost, if you were unwilling to travel
hotel accommodation and transport facility for an overnight delay, or when stay becomes necessary
Note: In addition to it, if you reached your final destination with a delay of over 3 hours, you could be entitled to compensation too.

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JFK flight cancellations

You booked an EU-Airline flight and if it gets canceled without prior notice of 0 to 14 days, you may ask for flight cancellation compensation or a refund.

For flight cancellations without any notice, these are the two options available for you to choose from…

  1. you can either apply for a ticket refund or
  2. you may ask for the change of flight or an alternate flight.

If your alternate flight delays for more than 2 hours, you could be eligible for compensation.

You can claim compensation between 125€ and 600€ depending upon …

  • the days you were informed before
  • the length of delay, and
  • route distance

Find out how much you can claim?

What if you missed your connecting flight?

You could be entitled to compensation for a missed flight due to delay or cancellation, under European Union Regulation EC261.

If …

  • the same airline operates your connecting flight(s) which you missed due to a problem on your first flight, and
  • delay at the final destination is more than three hours.

Can I claim for flight outside the EU?

You do not have to be an EU citizen to claim compensation for JFK delays or JFK flight cancellations.

You can claim for flights’ that departed from any EU airport and arrived at JFK Airport.

You can even claim for a flight registered with an EU airline, that departed from John F. Kennedy Airport and landed at EU airport.

Origin and Destination EU Airline Non-EU Airline
EU ✈ EU ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
EU ✈ Non-EU ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
Non-EU ✈ EU ✅ Yes ❌ No
Non-EU ✈ Non-EU ❌ No ❌ No

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John F. Kennedy Airport Information

JFK Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK) is referred to as JFK airport or Kennedy airport. It is the major international airport located in Queens, Jamaica, New York City.

The airport was opened in the year 1948 and was commonly known as Idlewild Airport. In 1963, it was renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport in memory of the 35th President of the United States.

Being the busiest international airport in North America, it is also the 6th busiest airport in the US & and the 21st busiest airports in the world.

It is also a hub to US major airlines which includes, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines.

JFK Terminals

There are six passenger terminals and four runways at the airport.

Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 4, Terminal 5, Terminal 7 and Terminal 8. Terminal 3 and 6 were demolished in 2013 and 2011 respectively. The area where Terminal 3 used to stand is now used for Delta Airlines aircraft’s parking.

The international flight arrivals of Terminal 5 now use some area of Terminal 6, and the remaining area is used for JetBlue and British Airways aircraft parking. There is a TSA pre-checkpoint for quick security checks and is open from 3 am to 11 pm.

Each of these terminals at JFK Airport is built to handle millions of passengers annually. In 2018 it has handled over 61 million passengers.

JFK Flight Destinations

JFK Airport is known to connect its passengers across 6 inhabitant continents, operating over 90 airlines flights and offers nonstop or direct flights to worldwide destinations.

List of EU Airlines & European Destinations

Airlines Country Destinations
Norwegian Air Shuttle France Paris Charles de Gaulle
Norway Oslo Gardermoen
United Kingdom London Gatwick
Italy Rome Fiumicino
Spain Barcelona
Netherlands Amsterdam
Spain Madrid
Lufthansa Germany Frankfurt, Munich
Norway Oslo Gardermoen
United Kingdom London Gatwick
Italy Rome Fiumicino
Turkish Airlines Turkey Istanbul
Spain Madrid
Greece Athens
Alitalia Italy Milan Malpensa, Rome Fiumicino
France Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ukraine International Airlines Ukraine Kyiv Boryspil
Jamaica Montego Bay
Corsair International France Paris Orly
Spain Barcelona
British Airways United Kingdom London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow
Virgin Atlantic United Kingdom London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester
Air France France Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly
Aeroflot Russia Moscow Sheremetyevo
Icelandair Iceland Reykjavík Keflavík
Aer Lingus Ireland Dublin, Shannon
Air Italy Italy Milan Malpensa
Swiss International Air Lines Switzerland Geneva, Zürich
Cayman Airways UK Grand Cayman
Eurowings Germany Düsseldorf
LOT Polish Airlines Hungary Budapest
KLM Amsterdam Amsterdam
Level Airline Spain Barcelona
Air Serbia Serbia Belgrade
Brussels Airlines Belgium Brussels
Finnair Finland Helsinki
Air Europa Spain Madrid
Austrian Airlines Austria Vienna
Iberia Spain Madrid
TAP Air Portugal Portugal Lisbon
Azerbaijan Airlines Azerbaijan Baku

List of Non-EU Airlines & European Destinations

Airlines Country Destinations
Delta Air Lines UK Bermuda, London Heathrow, Grand Cayman, Providenciales
Italy Milan Malpensa, Rome Fiumicino, Venice
France Paris Charles de Gaulle, Nice
Germany Frankfurt, Berlin Tegel
Scotland Edinburgh, Glasgow
Spain Barcelona, Madrid
Ireland Dublin, Shannon
Denmark Copenhagen
Netherlands Amsterdam
Belgium Amsterdam
Switzerland Zürich
Portugal Lisbon
Greece Athens
Czech Republic Prague
JetBlue United Kingdom Aguadilla, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Providenciales
France Pointe-à-Pitre
American Airlines Italy Milan Malpensa, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Rome Fiumicino
United Kingdom Bermuda, London Heathrow, Grand Cayman
Spain Barcelona, Madrid
Delta Connection United Kingdom Norfolk
American Eagle United Kingdom Norfolk
Emirates Italy Milan Malpensa
Singapore Airlines Germany Frankfurt

JFK Airport Services

Each terminal of JFK airport provides various amazing services to air passengers, which includes:

  • Transportation
  • JFK Airport is connected to the NYC city subway and Long Island railroad by AirTrain that connects all airport terminals and parking lots. You can enjoy different modes of transportation at JFK Airport such as rail, car rentals, shuttle bus, taxi.

  • Parking
  • The airport does have a parking lot with both long term and valet parking. Parking lots are available outside of each terminal so you can get easy access to it. It has a partnership with several off-site parking lots near the airport which makes JFK the cheapest airport parking rates.

You can also enjoy the other services such as restrooms, medical facilities, pet relief areas, baggage or luggage storage, ATM, bank, currency exchange, pre, and post-security areas, shopping, hotels & restaurants, free Wi-Fi, etc.

JFK Airport reviews and ratings

Skytrax rates airlines and airports based on the quality, services, and performances. JFK Airport has 3 stars out of 5 based on its departure, arrival and transfer facilities, terminal comfort and cleanliness, shopping, food & beverages, staff service.

There is a lot of information to take in, right?

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Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova

International Legal Strategist

Petya Petrova-Racheva holds a Master of Law (LLM) degree, and has broad knowledge of European Laws in different countries. She loves travelling and her dog, as well as her family.

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