Los Angeles Airport Flight Delays
or Cancellations

If your Los Angeles Airport flight was delayed or canceled, you may have the right to compensation under European Regulation EC 261.

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

Los Angeles Airport Flight Delays

Los Angeles International Airport or LAX Airport is one of the busiest and largest airport of California, US. It handles more than 80 million passengers and 2 million cargo tons every year.

Due to heavy passengers’ traffic, bad weather conditions and aircrafts movements, LAX Airport flights, often gets delayed or are cancelled. Air passengers often wonder whether they can get any compensation for it.

According to EC Regulation 261/2004, passengers’ are eligible to claim compensation, if flight delays for more than 3 hours on arrivals, or was cancelled without prior notice of at least 7 days, or for denied boarding incidents.

Does EC Regulation 261/2004 Applicable For LAX Airport Flights?

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

If you had booked Non-EU Airline flight ticket, then the following criteria should meet to claim compensation:

  • Flight should have been departed from an EU Airport (in case of delays on arrival at LAX Airport)
  • Flight should be scheduled to depart from an EU Airport (if cancelled or you were denied boarding)
  • Flight should have been delayed for more than 3 hours. (even applicable for re-scheduled flights or an alternate flight)
  • Flight should not have been delayed or cancelled due to extraordinary circumstances (such as extreme bad weather or tsunami)

Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles Airport is the primary and busiest airport of California.
It is the 2nd busiest airport in the United States and one of the largest and busiest airport in the world.
It operates as a hub for five major airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Atlas Air.

Los Angeles Airport is most popularly known by its IATA code “LAX”.

LAX Airport Infrastructure

LAX Airport has 4 parallel runways, Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC North) and 9 passengers’ terminals, Terminal 1 to 8 and Tom Bradley International Terminal (mostly called as Terminal B or TBIT). All the terminals are served by shuttle buses.

Terminal 1 is mostly used for Southwest Airlines flight passengers check in. Delta Airlines flights, arrive and depart from Terminal 2 and 3.

Terminal 2 is also used by Delta Airlines code share partners, Aer Lingus, Aeroméxico, Virgin Atlantic and WestJet.

American Airlines flights departures and arrivals are done at Terminal 4.

Terminal 5 is mostly used by American Airlines, JetBlue, Allegiant Air, Hawaiian Airlines, Frontier, Spirit, and Sun Country Airlines.

Terminal 6 is used by Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, Air Canada, Thomas Cook Airlines, XL Airways France, Mokulele Airlines, Boutique Air and Great Lakes.

Terminal 7 and 8 are mostly used for United Airlines flights departures and arrivals.

Terminal B or TBIT handles most of the international airlines flights, and some American and Delta Airlines flights. Southwest Airlines, Volaris, Avianca, Copa, Interjet and Virgin Australia flights arrives and departs from Terminal B.

Los Angeles Airport (LAX) Destinations

Los Angeles Airport offers non-stop flight services to 101 domestic destinations and 85 international destinations in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America, Latin America and Oceania.

List of EU Airlines & European Destinations

Airline Country Cities/City
Norwegian Air Shuttle (operated by Norwegian Long Haul) France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Sweden Stockholm-Arlanda
Norway Oslo-Gardermoen
Italy Rome-Fiumicino
United Kingdom London-Gatwick
Denmark Copenhagen
Spain Barcelona
Air France France Papeete, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
XL Airways France France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Aeroflot Russia Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Lufthansa Germany Frankfurt, Munich
Scandinavian Airlines Sweden Stockholm-Arlanda
Turkish Airlines Turkey Istanbul-Atatürk
British Airways United Kingdom London-Heathrow
Virgin Atlantic United Kingdom London-Heathrow
Alitalia Italy Rome-Fiumicino
LOT Polish Airlines Poland Warsaw-Chopin
Thomas Cook Airlines United Kingdom Manchester
KLM Netherland Amsterdam
Aer Lingus Ireland Dublin
Austrian Airlines Austria Vienna
Iberia Spain Madrid
Swiss International Air Lines Switzerland Zürich

How To Get To Los Angeles International Airport?

There are various ground transportation facilities available near LAX Airport, where passengers can use any of the following to reach to Los Angeles Airport:

LAX Shuttle Bus/Airport Metro connector: All the terminals of Lax Airport are connected by shuttle buses, and there is an underground tunnels that connects the Terminal 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and Terminal TBIT. G Shuttle bus (Metro rail) offers a free connection to and from the Los Angeles station/aviation on the Los Angeles Metro Rail Green Line.

Bus: FlyAway Bus is a shuttle bus service run by Los Angeles Airport, which offers non-stop service to and from Los Angeles International Airport. It provides schedule bus service between LAX and Downtown Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley (Van Nuys), West Los Angeles (Westwood), Hollywood, Long Beach and California.

Private Shuttles: There are various car rental, shared van, Taxi or Uber service available near Los Angeles Airport, where passengers’ can use for either private or shared rides.

Los Angeles Airport Services

There are various duty-free shops, snacks bars, hotels and restaurants available at Los Angeles Airport, where passengers can engage themselves while waiting for their flights. Restrooms, Telephone Booths, Lost and Found, parking lots, and luggage storage services are offered at LAX Airport.

Airport Guide are also available at Los Angeles Airport, which provide map or directions for terminals, shops, parking areas, flight and baggage check-in areas and more. For business meetings, private rooms or business lounges also available with free Wi-Fi, scanner, fax and copy machines.

Los Angeles Airport Reviews

Skytrax which rates the airlines and airports based on their quality, performances and services, have rated LAX Airport, 3 of 10 stars, reviewed by more than 530 air passengers as of late 2017. For terminal seating and queuing times for flight check-in and baggage check-in, LAX Airport received 2 stars out of 5 and for terminal cleanliness 3 stars out of 5.

Los Angeles Airport Flight Delay / Cancellation / Denied Boarding Problems

According to flight delay statistics, Los Angeles Airport (LAX) has a record of 81.6% flights arriving on time and 81.3% flights departing on time from the airport. Airport delays because of the weather are as low as 0.45% and cancellation of flights is also very low i.e. 1.11%.

Are you planning to travel from Los Angeles Airport? Then it is advisable for you to plan some more time in advance. Because, though Los Angeles Airport is amongst the most punctual airport of the USA, flights from or to Los Angeles Airport often gets delayed or cancelled, due to passenger traffic, bad weather, cargo load or aircraft delay.

Thanks to European Regulation (EC) No. 261/2004, it allows air passengers to claim compensation for delays, cancellations or denied boarding problems, when the airline is responsible for it.

EC Regulation 261/2004 – Air Passenger Rights

EC Regulation 261/2004 (dated 17 February 2005) applies to air passengers departing from any EU airport, or from a non-EU airport with an EU airline to an EU destination. Passengers must note that flight compensation is subject to certain conditions and exceptions.

There will be no compensation for delays or cancellations caused due to extraordinary circumstances, under which such delays or cancellations becomes uncontrollable. An example of such situations includes, extreme bad weather, strikes or security concerns such as fear of a terror attack.

If you are an air passenger travelled from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) with an EU registered airlines, or to California with non-EU Airline but departed from an EU airport, you are eligible to claim compensation.

If your flight was delayed on arrival for more than 3 hours, for reasons which could have been easily controlled by the airlines or was under control of respective authority, then according to EC Regulation 261/2004, you can receive compensation up to 600€. This takes into account the distance of your flight.

Within EU:

  • If you travel up to 1,500 km or less, then you can claim up to 250€
  • And over 1,500 km, you can claim up to 400€

Between EU Airport And Non-EU Airport:

  • If you travel up to 1,500 km or less, then you can claim up to 250€
  • If the distance is between 1,500 – 3,500 km, then you can claim up to 400€
  • And if the distance is more than 3500 km and flight delays for more than 4 hours, then you can claim up to 600€
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Note:If you are travelling to a Non-European country from a Non-European country, EU 261 Rule won’t be applicable.

Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation?

EC Regulation 261/2004 is a European Union Regulation, it applies to EU air carriers. You do not have to be an EU citizen to claim flight compensation.

This means that you can claim on flights departing from any airport located in the EU (with any airline) or arriving in the EU (with an EU airline).

Thus, you are eligible to claim for Los Angeles Airport flight delays or cancellations, if flight was from an EU Airport.

Origin and Destination EU Airline Non-EU Airline
From Inside EU to Outside EU Yes Yes
From Inside EU to Inside EU Yes Yes
From Outside EU to Inside EU Yes No
From Outside EU to Outside EU No No

How To Claim Flight Delay Or Cancellation Compensation?

You can check your flights status at LAX Airport flight tracker, information received from the tracker can help you to make a claim. You just need to provide us your airlines flight details like flight number and flight date (available on flight itinerary or boarding pass) and reason for delays or cancellations.

Our claim expert team helps you to understand your rights and file the case on your behalf and save you from complicated legal procedures. We have access to flight information such as the time by which the flight was delayed, the reason for flight cancellation, actual flights departure and arrival time, etc. making us more likely to win.

Flight compensation amount can vary from 250€ to 600€, depending upon flight distance. Our free flight compensation checker tool can help you to calculate the exact compensation amount, to claim from airline. Our claim professionals takes your case on “No Win-No Fee” base and provide compensation in right time. So it’s never late, claim for your flight compensation today.

How To Claim Flight Compensation?

To claim compensation for Los Angeles Airport delays or cancellations, our 3 step claim process is very easy to use and to provide us the desired information doesn’t take more than 3 minutes of your precious time. We have access to lot of information about flights, thus if your claim is valid you receive the compensation within right time.

Claim Yourself Los Angeles Airport Flight Compensation

If your flight delays, or gets cancelled or you’re denied boarding, you can use our free claim letter template to write the letter to airline to claim compensation.

Passengers are often unaware of the rules and regulations and end up claiming very futile amount compared to what they are entitled to claim. Claim Flights has free online flight compensation checker tool which calculates the exact compensation amount airlines owes you.

You can claim flight compensation with our assistance by filling the claim form. You may need to enter further details about yourself & co-passengers for whom you would like to claim the compensation.

Our claim expert team can file the claim on behalf of you and pursue it with the airlines. Air passengers are charged only in case their case is valid.

Our fees are very less as compared with other claim companies. You can compare the claimable compensation amount provided by us with other claim companies. Claim Flights takes up your case on a No Win-No Fee basis and makes sure that you get the right amount in time.

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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