Your rights under the Air Passenger Protection Regulations
If you are denied boarding, your flight is cancelled or delayed for at least two hours, or your baggage is lost or damaged, you may be entitled to certain standards of treatment and compensation under the Air Passenger Protection Regulations. For more information about your passenger rights please contact us or visit the Canadian Transportation Agency’s website which may not meet accessibility guidelines.
If your flight is delayed or cancelled
We will keep you informed by email or alternatively by text. So that we can do this, please give us your up-to-date email address and mobile phone number before your planned flight. Every time you book, make sure that you, your travel planner or your travel agency always enter your most up-to-date contact details when making a flight reservation.
The quickest way is to log in, then save your details under “My Booking” and "Passenger details".
How can I rebook, or will I be rebooked automatically?
If you have provided your contact details for your booking during online/mobile check-in , we will inform you automatically by email or text about your flight status or your rebooking on an alternative flight.
You will receive all the above messages within 10 to 30 minutes of the flight disruption occurring. Up to 90% of passengers on a cancelled flight or whose connection has been delayed will be rebooked within an hour.
We will endeavour to find the best alternative possible, and rebook your flight. We will first attempt to rebook you on a new Lufthansa Group member flight that departs within 9 hours of your original departure. If that is not possible, we will rebook you on any available airline that will get you to your destination within 48 hours of your original departure time. Another alternative will be to provide transportation to, and a ticket to your final destination from, an alternate airport that is nearby.
Standard of treatment you will receive
When your flight is expected to be significantly delayed, you have the right to receive care from the airline.
This includes: meals and refreshments in reasonable relation to the waiting time, hotel accommodation including transport costs both ways in the event an overnight stay is a result of the delay/cancellation, and the opportunity to make two brief telephone calls or to send two faxes or e-mails. The airline is not required to provide this care if you are responsible for a further delay of your departing flight. In the case of delays of more than five hours, you have the right to have the cost of your ticket refunded within seven days in the amount of the travel not completed or in the amount of the travel already completed if the purpose of the travel was not accomplished due to the delay, and, if applicable, to a return flight to the point of first departure at the earliest opportunity.
You have the right to compensation if your arrival at the destination airport is delayed by more than three hours and the delay cannot be attributed to extraordinary circumstances that could not have been avoided by taking all reasonable measures; such circumstances include, for example, poor weather conditions, political instability, strikes, security risks, and unexpected deficiencies in flight safety.
Tarmac delay obligations
If a flight is delayed on the tarmac after the doors of the aircraft are closed for take-off or after the flight has landed, the carrier must provide passengers with the following, free of charge:
- if the aircraft is equipped with lavatories, access to those lavatories in working order;
- proper ventilation and cooling or heating of the aircraft;
- if it is feasible to communicate with people outside of the aircraft, the means to do so; and
- food and drink, in reasonable quantities, taking into account the length of the delay, the time of day and the location of the airport.
For more information on the tarmac delay contingency plan please click here.
If a flight is delayed on the tarmac at an airport in Canada, the carrier must provide an opportunity for passengers to disembark
- three hours after the aircraft doors have been closed for take-off; and
- three hours after the flight has landed, or at any earlier time if it is feasible.
Denied boarding due to overbooking
If, in the event of overbooking, you are involuntarily denied boarding on a flight you have booked, you have the right to care from the airline as described above. In addition, you shall be offered re-routing to the final destination of your booked flight. This re-routing shall take place at the earliest opportunity and under comparable conditions.
Subject to available seating, you may, instead, travel to your final destination at a later date/time of your choosing, in which case the costs of meals/refreshments, hotel, and transport between the hotel and airport shall be borne by you.
If you are involuntarily or voluntarily denied boarding, you have the right to an alternative flight or to reimbursement and compensation, which can also be provided by cheque or bank transfer or, with your consent, in the form of a gift card. The amount of this payment depends on the distance of the planned route and on the re-routing that has been offered to you.
Boarding priorities in case of insufficient volunteers
In the rare situation where there are not enough volunteers, we may deny boarding to other passengers and give boarding priority to:
- unaccompanied minors
- passengers with a disability and their support person, service animal or emotional support animal, if any
- passengers travelling with family members; and
- passengers who were previously denied boarding on the same ticket, provided the carrier is informed
Standards of treatment when boarding is denied
If, due to a situation within Edelweiss or required for safety purposes, you're denied boarding, we'll provide you with the following before you board your next flight booked as part of your alternate travel arrangements, unless this would further delay you:
- Food and drink in reasonable quantities, considering the length of the wait, the time of day and location
- Access to a means of communication; and
- Hotel or comparable accommodations, with transportation to/from, within reasonable distance from airport for overnight delays for out-of-town passengers, subject to availability.
If you’re a passenger who is denied boarding because of a situation within our control, you’ll be entitled to receive denied boarding compensation, unless:
- You haven’t fully complied with ticketing and check-in requirements, or you do not satisfy the conditions for transportation under Edelweiss tariff and general conditions of carriage.
- You’re offered transportation on another seat on the same flight as the one specified on your ticket, at no extra charge.
Denied boarding compensation is calculated based on your arrival time at destination and is 900 CAD (if delayed by less than 6 hours), 1,800 CAD (if delayed between 6 and 9 hours), and 2,400 CAD (if delayed by 9 hours and more). Please note that you are not entitled to received delay or cancellation compensation if you have already been paid denied boarding compensation.
For delays or cancellations within our control, in addition to the standards of treatment and information provisions listed above, if Edelweiss’ did not advise you of the delay or cancellation at least 14 days prior to departure, you may be owed compensation as follows:
- 400 CAD, if the arrival of the passenger’s flight at the destination that is indicated on the original ticket is delayed by three hours or more, but less than six hours,
- 700 CAD, if the arrival of the passenger’s flight at the destination that is indicated on the original ticket is delayed by six hours or more, but less than nine hours, or
- 1,000 CAD, if the arrival of the passenger’s flight at the destination that is indicated on the original ticket is delayed by nine hours or more;
Note that the above standards of treatment do not apply when there is a delay or cancellation due to situations outside of Edelweiss’ control.
If your baggage is delayed or lost
Certain events, such as adverse weather conditions, technical problems in the baggage handling areas or a bag tag becoming detached, can sometimes lead to baggage items being damaged or not arriving at the destination airport at the same time as their owners.
If your baggage appears to be lost, please keep all your flight documents, especially your boarding pass and the baggage claim tag. Please wait until all the baggage has been delivered at baggage reclaim. This can take up to one hour and, in rare cases, even longer. If one or more of your baggage items still cannot be found, please report this immediately so that an official report can be made. A bag will not be deemed a total loss until it has been missing for 21 days or more.
You can report your loss as follows:
You will then be given written confirmation as well as a reference number (PIR number, e.g. ZRHWK12345). It is essential that you keep this.
We are always very sorry when this happens and take all the necessary steps to get your baggage back to you as soon as possible or to compensate you for any damage your baggage item may have suffered.
- If your baggage is delayed, damaged or lost, Edelweiss will refund the fees you paid to check it in.
- A carrier's liability towards you is limited in respect to destruction, loss, delay, or damage to baggage, to 1,288 Special Drawing Rights per passenger. This limit applies to most international itineraries with Edelweiss.
You'll be reimbursed for reasonable interim out-of-pocket expenses upon submission of receipts. Claims must be submitted no later than 21 days from the date your baggage was placed at your disposal. More information can be found here .
If your baggage is damaged
We greatly regret damage to your baggage during transport. Please be assured that we take all necessary measures to prevent damage. Please report damaged baggage immediately to the local Edelweiss baggage tracing desk or the local Edelweiss representative.
If one or more of your baggage items are damaged on arrival, please report this immediately so that an official report can be made. You will then be given written confirmation as well as a reference number (PIR number, e.g. ZRHWK12345). It is essential that you keep this.
You can report the damage as follows:
- at the Edelweiss baggage tracing desk at the airport or
- at the Edelweiss service counter at the airport
In the event that you don’t notice the damage until you have arrived home or at your hotel, you must report it in writing within the legally stipulated period of seven days after your flight. You must also provide proof that the damage was caused while your baggage was under the care of the airline concerned. Once we have received your complete damage report, you will be given confirmation in writing with a reference number.