Passengers' rights

Information to Passengers concerning the EU Regulation 261/2004/EC and applicable rules of the Law on Obligations and Proprietary Rights in Aviation (Official Gazette 132/1998 and 63/08).


Dear passengers,

If your flight has been cancelled or is subject to a long delay, or you have been denied boarding on a flight for which you hold a valid reservation, you are entitled to certain rights in accordance with the applicable regulations as follows:

Scope

The Regulations apply:
  • to passengers on flights departing from an airport in the EU, or the state signatory of the *ECAA Agreement and flights departing from an airport in a third country to an airport in the EU, or in the state signatory of the ECAA Agreement; unless passengers received benefits or compensation and were given assistance in that third country - only if you have a confirmed reservation on the flight concerned
  • only if you (except in case of cancellation) present yourself in time for check-in or, if no time is indicated, at least 45 minutes before the published departure time
  • only if you travel on a ticket bought at fare available to the public (e.g. ID, AD)
  • where Croatia Airlines is the operating carrier of the flight.

Delay

A delay occurs when a flight is delayed beyond its scheduled departure time
  • by 4 hours for flights of more than 3.500 km
  • by 3 hours for flights between 1.500 km and 3.500 km as well as intra-Community -flights of more than 1.500 km
  • by 2 hours for flights of up to 1.500 km.

When your flights are expected to have a long delay, passengers are entitled to receive care while waiting.
This includes:
  • meals and refreshments in a reasonable relation to the waiting time
  • if necessary hotel accommodation
  • and the possibility of making two short telephone calls, fax or e-mail messages.

In case of more than 5 hours you are entitled to a refund of your ticket for the parts not used.

Denied boarding

If in case of overbooking you are denied boarding, voluntarily or involuntarily, on a flight for which you hold a reservation you are entitled to care and refund as laid out in the previous section on delay.
  • In addition you are entitled to re-routing, under comparable conditions, to your final destination at the earliest opportunity.
  • Subject to availability of seats, you may instead choose re-routing to your final destination at a later date of your convenience, in which case you will have to bear yourself the cost of food, accommodation and transfer.
  • If you have denied boarding against your will you are in addition entitled to compensation.

The form of compensation payment is at our discretion and resources available at certain airports, and shall be paid for in cash or, by electronic bank transfer, or if it is acceptable to you, in vouchers (Miscellaneous Charges Order).

The amount of Denied Boarding Compensation (DBC) depends on the distance of the schedule flight or the alternative flight proposed to you.

Compensations amount to:
a) € 250 - for flights up to 1.500 km
b) € 400 - for flights between 1.500 km and 3.500 and intra-Community flights of more than 1.500 km,
c) € 600 - for flights not falling under a) or b).

If you are offered an alternative flight, the scheduled arrival time of which does not exceed
a) 2 hours in respect of flights up to 1.500 km
b) 3 hours in respect of flights between 1.500 km and 3.500 km as well as intra- Community flights of more than 1.500 km
c) 4 hours in respect of all other flights

The above mentioned compensation amounts shall be reduced by 50%, i.e. € 125, - , € 200, - and € 300, - .

Cancellation

If your flight, for which you hold a valid reservation, has been cancelled, you are also entitled to re-routing, care, refund and compensation as laid out here above. If the flight cancellation is due to extraordinary circumstances, which could not have been avoided, even if all reasonable measures had been taken, you are not entitled to financial compensation, but you retain all other above mentioned rights.

Equally, there is no right to compensation when the passenger has been informed of the cancellation:
  • at least 14 days before the schedule time of departure
  • between 14 and 7 days before the schedule time of departure and the alternative flight departs no mores than 2 hours before the originally schedule time of departure and reaches final destination less than 4 hours after the scheduled time of arrival
  • less than 7 days before schedule time of departure and the alternative flight departs no more than 1 hour before the originally schedule time of departure and reaches final destination less than 2 hours after the schedule time of arrival.
Extraordinary circumstances include bad weather conditions, political instability, strikes, security risks, unexpected flight safety shortcomings.

How to claim compensation

To make a claim for compensation please contact our Representative at the airport, or Croatia Airlines Customer Relations. The person making the claim must be one of the passengers.

Alternatively, claimants can write, to Croatia Airlines, Customer Relations Department, Bani 75b, Buzin, 10010 Zagreb, Croatia, within 15 days from the day when you have been denied boarding on an aircraft of from the day when your flight has been cancelled. Claimants must supply their name and contact details, the names of other passengers being claimed for and their contact details, correct bank details, booking reference and details of the cancelled flight.

To apply for a refund of unused parts of your journey or reimbursement of the parts of the journey flown, please contact the office where your ticket was purchased. If you have booked by flyonline, check online for contact details. You will need to provide in writing your name and contact details, ticket number, booking reference, flight number, banking details, date and details of the claim you are making and supporting documents (e.g. unused ticket coupons). Please note Croatia Airlines is unable to process your claim for compensations or refunds at all airports.

*ECAA Agreement means Agreement on European Common Aviation Area – a multilateral agreement between the European Community and its Member States, The Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, The Republic of Bulgaria, The Republic of Croatia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, The Republic of Iceland, The Republic of Montenegro, The Kingdom of Norway, Romania, The Republic of Serbia and The Republic of Kosovo on the establishment of a European Common Aviation Area

National Enforcement Bodies


CROATIA
Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure
Directorate for Air Traffic
Prisavlje 14
10 002 Zagreb
Tel.: +385 1 6169 060
Fax.: +385 1 6196 393
E-mail: uprava@caacro.hr

AUSTRIA
Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation & Technologie
Als Oberste Zivilluftfahrtsbehörde
Radetzkystr. 2
AT - 1030 WIEN
Fax: +43 1 71162-659204
E-mail: fluggastrechte@bmvit.gv.at
[Passenger Complaints]
Bundesministerium für Soziale Sicherheit, Generation & Konsumentenschutz
Tel.: +43 1 71100 - 2519
Fax: +43 1 7189470 - 2302
E-mail: fluggastrechte@bmsg.gv.at

BELGIUM
Direction Générale Transport Aérien CCN - 4ème étage
Rue du progrès 80 Bte 5
BE - 1030 BRUXELLES
Tel.: +32 2 277 43 99 +32 2 277 44 04
Fax: +32 2 277 42 58 +32 2 277 44 05
E-mail:passenger.rights@mobilit.fgov.be

CZECH REPUBLIC
Ministry of Transport
(Civil Aviation Authority Czech Republic)
Airport Ruzyne
CZ – 16 008 PRAHA 1
Tel.: +420 225 421 845
Fax: +420 220 561 823

DENMARK
(CAA-Denmark)
Box 744
DK-2450 KOBENHAVN SV
Civil Aviation Administration
Legal Department
Ellebjergvej 50
2450 COPENHAGEN SV
Tel.: +45 3618 6000
Fax: +45 3618 6001
E-mail: dcaa@slv.dk

FRANCE
DGAC/Direction de la régulation économique(DRE)
Bureau de la facilitation et des clients du transport aérien (DRE/SDCF/C2)
50, rue Henry Farman
FR - 75720 PARIS CEDEX 15
Tel.: +33 1 70 39 94 14
Fax: +33 1 70 39 94 07
http://www.dgac.fr/html/oservice/ regl_message.htm

GERMANY
Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA)
Hermann-Blenk-Str. 26
DE - 38108 BRAUNSCHWEIG
Tel.: +49 531-2355-100
Fax: +49 531-2355-707
E-mail: fluggastrechte@lba.de

GREECE
Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority
Air Transport and International Affairs Division
Air Transport Economics Section
Tel: 0030-210-8916150-8916193
Fax: 0030-210-8947132
E-mail: d1d@hcaa.gr

IRELAND
Commission for Aviation Regulation
3rd Floor, Alexandra House Earlsfort Terrace
IE-DUBLIN 2
Tel.: +353-(0) 1-6611700
Fax: +353-(0) 1-6611269
E-mail: info@aviationreg.ie www.aviationreg.ie

ITALY
Direzione Centrale Operazioni
Ente Nazionale Aviazione Civile
Struttura Carta Diritti del Passeggero e Qualita dei Servizi
Viale del Castro Pretorio, 118
IT - 00185 ROME
Tel.: +39 06 44596-1
Fax.: +39 06 445 96 493
E-mail: diritti.passeggeri.disabili@enac.rupa.it

THE NETHERLANDS
Inspectie Verkeer en Waterstaat
Toezichteenheid
Luchtvaartoperationele Bedrijven
Postbus 575
NL - 2130 AN HOOFDDORP
Tel.: + 31 70 4563 000
Fax.: +31 70 4563 013
E-mail: loket@ivw.nl

NORWAY
Civil Aviation Authority
Internasjonalt samarbeid
Postboks 243
NO-8001 Bodø
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Norway
Tel: +47 75 58 50 00
Fax:+47 75 58 50 05
Email: postmottak@caa.no

SPAIN
Ministerio de Fomento
Dirección General de Aviación Civil
Paseo de la Castellana 67
ES-28071 MADRID
Tel.: +34 91 5975067
Fax: +34 91 5978643
www.mfom.es

SWEDEN
Luftfartsstyrelsen
Swedish Civil Aviation Authority
SE-601 73 Norrköping
Tel: +46 11 415 2100
Fax: +46 11 415 2250
Site internet: www.luftfartsstyrelsen.se
E-mail: luftfartsstyrelsen@luftfartsstyrelsen.se

SWITZERLAND
Federal Office of Civil Aviation FOCA
Economic Affairs
CH 3003 Bern
Tel.:+41 31 325 80 40
Fax.: +41 31 325 92 12
E-mail: passengerrights@bazl.admin.ch

UNITED KINGDOM
Airline Licensing & Consumer Issues
Civil Aviation Authority CAA House
45-59 Kingsway
UK - LONDON
WC2B 6TE
Tel.: +44 207 453 6308

Fax : +44 207 453 6322


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