SFO Flight Delays or Cancellations

For San Francisco Airport (SFO) flight delays or cancellations, you may have the right to compensation under EU Regulation 261/2004. You may claim up to 600€ (approx. $700) from the airline you’re flying with.

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San Francisco Airport Delays or Cancellations

Flight delays or cancellations happen, but that doesn’t mean you should accept them.

Under EU law you are protected and can ask for reimbursement for your flight.

You are eligible for compensation for flights departed from the EU airport but arrived at San Francisco (SFO) Airport. And, you can even claim for EU-regulated airlines’ flight departed from SFO airport and arrived at EU airport.

Here’s the quick guide to understand in detail when you can claim delayed flight compensation.

San Francisco Airport flight delay or cancellation rights

Under EU law, if your flight has been delayed, canceled or overbooked, you could be entitled to €600 (approx. $700) in compensation.

You could be eligible for San Francisco Airport delays compensation if …

  1. you were departed from an EU airport or landed at an EU airport with an EU registered airline
  2. you reached the final destination later than three hourst
  3. and, the delay or cancellation wasn’t due to extraordinary circumstances

How much can I claim for San Francisco Airport 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:

Short distance
(up to 1500 km)
Medium distance
(1501 to 3500 km)
(more than 3500 km)
e.g., Frankfurt to Madrid e.g., Frankfurt to Istanbul e.g., Frankfurt to New York
€250 €400 €600*

* the amount may get reduced by 50%, i.e., you may get up to 300€ for a distance of over 3500 km if EU borders were not crossed.

Your Flight Has Been Delayed or Canceled. What Should You Do?


Ask a reason for the delay

Ask the airline for the reason behind the delay. Get confirmation in writing from the airlines’ customer service.

Note Arrival Time

Note the flights’ arrival time, i.e., when the aircraft door was opened and passengers were allowed to step out.

Collect Evidence

Collect evidence such as pictures of arrival board, boarding pass, receipts, etc., to prove the delay.

Check your Eligibility

Enter your flight details into our compensation checker to check if you are eligible for compensation.

Exchange Contacts

Exchange contact information of co-passengers (which can act as evidence while asking for compensation).

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Your rights under EU law

Under EU law EC 261 Regulation, air passengers are entitled to compensation or refund from the airlines, 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.
  • overbooking: if you were denied boarding due to overselling of flight tickets.
  • missed connection: 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.

Airlines may excuse if the reason behind disruption was ‘extraordinary circumstances’, which is beyond their control, thus no compensation in such cases.

Examples of such circumstances include San Francisco Airport weather delays due to fog or wind, any technical problem with airplanes, or airport strikes.

San Francisco Flight Delays

For longer flight delays you could be entitled to compensation or refund under EC Regulation 261/2004.

San Francisco Airport Arrivals Delays

If your flight departed from the EU airport, and delayed on arrivals for more than 3 hours, you could be entitled to compensation.

Flight departure delays

If there’s delay at departure, you are eligible for “Right to Care”. The airlines must offer:

For 2+ Hours of Flight Delays


Free meals and refreshments.


2 free phone calls, email or fax service.

For 5+ Hours of Flight Delays


Free meals and refreshments.


2 free phone calls, email or fax service.


Re-routed to the earliest available flight


Refund of the ticket cost, if you were unwilling to travel


Hotel accommodation & transport facility for an overnight delay.

Plus, compensation of up to 600 Euros, if you reached your final destination later than three hours.

San Francisco Airport Cancellations

For flight cancellations without prior notice of 0 to 14 days, you may ask for flight cancellation compensation or a refund.

Note: It should be a flight to EU airport with an EU-regulated airline or flight from EU airport to SFO airport.

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 …

  1. the days you were informed before
  2. the length of delay, and
  3. route distance

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.

Does EU 261 rule applicable to San Francisco Airport flights?

No matter from which country you belong to, or whatever citizenship you had, if you travel from any of the European destinations or travel from the non-EU airport to EU Airport with EU-registered airline, you are eligible under EC Regulation 261/2004.

Origin and Destination EU Airline Non-EU Airline
EU ✈ Non-EU
Non-EU ✈ EU
Non-EU ✈ Non-EU

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Useful Information About San Francisco International Airport:

San Francisco International Airport (IATA: SFO) is the largest airport in the Bay Area. It serves flights throughout North America and is a major gateway to Europe and Asia.

It’s the second busiest airport in California and seventh-busiest airport in the United States by passenger count 57,488,023 as of 2019.

San Francisco Airport is the largest hub for United Airlines and a secondary hub for Alaska Airlines.

San Francisco Airport Terminals
San Francisco Airport consists of 4 terminals (1, 2, 3, International) and seven concourses (labelled A to G ) with a total of 115 gates arranged in a ring formation.

Terminal 1 (Boarding Areas B and C), Terminal 2 (Boarding Area D), and Terminal 3 (Boarding Areas E and F) manage domestic flights.

International Terminal (Boarding Areas A and G) operates international flights and some domestic flights.

Terminal 1 known as the “South Terminal” handles inbound and outbound domestic flights within the US.

Terminal 2 is also known as “Central Terminal” handles inbound and outbound domestic flights within the US especially the ones operated by American Airlines and Virgin America.

Terminal 3 was formerly known as the “North Terminal” operates outbound and inbound flights only by United Airlines to several cities within the US.

SFO international terminal is the largest international terminal in North America. It shares ticketing facilities with some domestic flights. The International Terminal is for all international arrivals and departures.

San Francisco EU Flight Destinations
Airlines Country Destinations
Norwegian Air Shuttle United Kingdom London Gatwick
Spain Barcelona
France Paris
French Bee France Papeete, Paris Orly
Lufthansa Germany Frankfurt, Munich
British Airways United Kingdom London Heathrow
Air France France Paris Charles de Gaulle
Iberia Spain Madrid
KLM Netherlands Amsterdam
Level Spain Barcelona
Scandinavian Airlines Denmark Copenhagen
TAP Air Portugal Portugal Lisbon
Turkish Airlines Turkey Istanbul
Virgin Atlantic United Kingdom London Heathrow
Aer Lingus Germany Dublin
How to Get to San Francisco Airport?
There are plenty of ways to reach San Francisco Airport, passengers can use any of the following ground transportation facilities available near the airport.

  • Air Train

AirTrain is a fully automated people-mover system that offers free travel between four terminals.

  • BART

BART station is located in the Parking Garage of the International Terminal G and is the only direct rail link between the airport, the city of San Francisco, and the general Bay Area.

  • Bus

SamTrans operates regular bus services between the airport and the city, San Mateo County, the Peninsula, and Palo Alto.

  • Car Rental/Taxi

Taxis can depart from designated taxi zones at the roadway center islands. Passengers can avail of car rental services.

  • Caltrain

Caltrain is a free shuttle and from San Francisco Airport it is possible to connect to Caltrain services.

SFO Airport Parking Service
San Francisco Airport provides both short-term and long-term parking facilities. You will find short term parking in the central terminal area and two international terminal garages.

Whereas Long term parking is located on South Airport Blvd. and San Bruno Ave. Long term parking facilities are also available at BART stations.

San Francisco Airport Reviews
Skytrax rates airlines and airports based on the quality, services, and performances. San Francisco Airport has 4 stars out of 10 based on 157 reviews as of 10th january 2022. Passengers usually complain about poor customer services, terminal cleanliness, uncomfortable seats, queuing times and more.

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