MEA Compensation: Claim flight delay, cancellation or baggage

MEA Compensation: Claim flight delay, cancellation or lost baggage. Get up to € 600 refund for a delayed or cancelled flight and 1.414 euros for lost luggage.

MEA flight claim compensation: European law and Montreal Convention

MEA European Flight compensation: delay, cancellation and overbooking

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Only when any of these two circumstances happen:

  1. if it is an european airline or…
  2. When the flight departs from europe

Compensation brief under European law: MEA delayed, cancelled and overbooked fligh

brief – MEA flight compensation according to EU Regulation
Flight Distance (Km) MEA Compensation Claim
– 1.500 km € 250 Claim € 250
1.500 Km – 3.500 Km € 400 Claim € 400
+ 3.500 Km € 600 Claim € 600


MEA Expenses


MEA damages

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MEA Example of compensation according to European 261 law

  • Flight overbooking from Frankfurt to Brussels: -1.500 km = 250 euros + expenses.
  • Flight delay from Las Palmas to Belgium: 1.500 km -3.500 km = 400 euros + expenses.
  • Flight cancellation from Portugal to Tokyo: More than 3.500 km = € 600 + expenses.

MEA Montreal Convention Compensations for delays, cancellations, overbooking and baggage

MEA delay compensation

Suitable when these two circumstances happen simultaneously:

  1. All luggage claims even if it is an european airline
  2. When it is not an european airline and the flight doesn´t depart from Europe

Delayed flight, cancellation or overbooking compensation table according to the Montreal Convention

Montreal Convention review: MEA compensation
Compensation Limit of liability Expenses
Baggage 5.708 euros = 4.694 SDR (Special Drawing Rights) Hotels, taxis, tours, other missed flights

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MEA lost baggage or delayed luggage compensation

Reclaim lost baggage MEA

If you want to Claim MEA for luggage delay you can get a compensation of 1.414 euros + expenses.

Outline: MEA lost baggage compensation according to the Montreal Convention
Luggage claim Limit of liability Expenses
Lost or damaged € 1.414 = 1.253 SDR (Special Drawing Rights) Clothes, cost of the baggage, taxis

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Important: Fill the PIR: Property Irregularity Report to claim for the luggage to MEA


What is the meaning of PIR?

The MEA Property Irregularity Report (PIR) ref number is a unique code that tracks your lost or damaged luggage. It has a combination of 10 letters and numbers and it is required to claim to MEA.

  • Ref code
  • Flight code
  • Number of lost suitcase
  • Date
  • Type of disruption
  • Colour and type
  • Name

The MEA Extraordinary Circumstances

The term ‘extraordinary circumstances’ is applicable when the delayed or cancelled flight is caused by something unusual in which a claim receives no compensation. Things like:

  • Security
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • War
  • Some strikes unrelated to MEA such as baggage handlers

MEA unreal Extraordinary Circumstances:

  • Problems with MEA staff
  • Bad weather affecting a previous flight
  • Denied boarding due to the flight being overbooked
  • MEA technical problems

MEA missed connecting flight due to a delayed flight

It is usual in a MEA flight to have 1 (or more) stops, on the way.
If any one of MEA flights are delayed, it can cause you to miss your connection.
It is MEA responsibility to find you a new flight to the final destination and you will be granted up to € 600 compensation if your new flight arrives 3 hours later than the original MEA flight.

Can I claim my delayed flight directly to MEA?

First, if you want to claim directly to MEA, you have to know your chances are very small, since very often MEA tries to justify their flight delays with extraordinary circumstances that didn’t really happen, such as issues with air traffic control. Consequently, it is highly recommendable to direct your claim through lexority.

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How far back can you go with claiming flight delay compensation to MEA

Deadline to claim a flight to MEA: 2 to 5 years as a general rule, depending on the type of regulation that is fit in each case.

  • Montreal Convention: 2 years
  • Regulation 261/2004 of the EU: two to ten years. You must read the civil code for each country.

Documents to claim correctly to MEA:

Reservation email

flight delayed claim MEA

Boarding pass

cancelled flight claim MEA

ID or pass

lost baggage claim MEA


denied boarding claim MEA

Guidance to claim MEA

Keep receipts to claim MEA

Even though MEA has to pay the expenses, sometimes the airline doesn´t do it. MEA is allowed to ask for your receipts as proof before refunding you for the expenses of your trip.

MEA delayed flights for 3 or more hours

To be entitled to a compensation, MEA delayed flight must be higher than 3 hours.

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Overbooking at MEA flight

Overbooked MEA flight: When MEA sells more tickets than the possible number of passengers they can take.

The overbooking is legal, but you can get a compensation up to € 600.

MEA aims to avoid empty seats due to no-shows, but this must be legally sanctioned.

Once a MEA passenger has received a reservation or any document stating the payment has been accepted and registered, it is a “confirmed reservation”. Boarding denials happen when a passenger presents to the gate but MEA refuses them access to the plane.

How to calculate the distance between 2 airports and know the compensation that MEA should pay?

MEA flight distance
First of all, it is important to take into account that which is measured is the MEA origin and the final destination of the reservation. Therefore, in case we have a stop, you shouldn´t count it. The orthodromic distance (bird flight) between origin and final destination has to be measured.

In this site: you can exactly calculate the km from airport to airport.