The following rules shall apply:
- In respect of flights departing from an airport in the EU, and flights departing from an airport in a third country to an airport in the EU (unless you received benefits or compensation and were given assistance in that third country);
- On condition that you have a confirmed reservation (you have a validated ticket or other proof that your reservation was accepted and registered by SATA or tour operator) on the flight concerned and present yourself for check-in as stipulated and at the time indicated in advance and in writing or electronically, or, if no time is indicated, not later than 45 minutes before the published departure time;
- Only to passengers travelling at a fare available directly or indirectly to the public, or on tickets issued under a frequent flyer program or other commercial program;
- Where SATA is the operating carrier of the flight.
Rules for Compensation and Assistance
If your flight is cancelled SATA will offer you the following:
1. A choice between:
Reimbursement within seven days (in cash, by electronic bank transfer, bank orders or bank checks or, with your signed agreement, travel vouchers and/or other services) of the full cost of your ticket, at the price at which it was bought, for the part or parts of the journey not made, and for the part or parts already made if the flight is no longer serving any purpose in relation to your original travel plan, together with, when relevant, a return flight to the first point of departure, at the earliest opportunity; or
Re-routing, under comparable transport conditions, to your final destination, at the earliest opportunity; or
Re-routing, under comparable transport conditions, to your final destination at a later date at your convenience, subject to availability of seats.
2. And we will offer you, free of charge:
3. In the event of re-routing in connection with your cancelled flight, when an overnight stay becomes necessary, in addition to the assistance described above, we will offer you:
- Meals and refreshments in a reasonable relation to the waiting time;
- Two telephone calls, fax messages or e-mails.
4. Except when:
- Hotel accommodation;
- Transport between the airport and place of accommodation (hotel or other).
You are entitled to compensation as follows:
- You are informed of the cancellation at least two weeks before the scheduled time of departure; or
- You are informed of the cancellation between two weeks and seven days before the scheduled time of departure and are offered re-routing, allowing you to depart no more than two hours before the scheduled time of departure and to reach your final destination less than four hours after the scheduled time of arrival; or
- You are informed of the cancellation less than seven days before the scheduled time of departure and are offered re-routing, allowing you to depart no more than one hour before the scheduled time of departure and to reach your final destination less than two hours after the scheduled time of arrival; or
- SATA can prove that the cancellation is caused by extraordinary circumstances which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken.
When you are offered re-routing to your final destination on an alternative flight as described above at paragraph 1. (b) and the arrival time of the re-routed flight does not exceed the scheduled arrival time of the flight originally booked:
- EUR 250 for all flights under 1500 kilometres;
- EUR 400 for all intra-Community flights of more than 1500 kilometres, and for a all other flights between 1500 and 3500 kilometres;
- EUR 600 for all flights not falling under (a) or (b).
By two hours, in respect of all flights of 1500 kilometres or less; or
By three hours, in respect of all intra-Community flights of more than 1500 kilometres and for all other flights between 1500 and 3500 kilometres; or
By four hours, in respect of all flights not falling under (a) or (b) of this paragraph, SATA will reduce the compensation described above by 50%.
For the above purposes, “final destination” means the destination on the ticket presented at the check-in counter, or, in the case of directly connecting flights, the destination of the last flight of the same ticket; alternative connecting flights available shall not be taken into account if the original planned arrival time is respected.
The assistance described above will apply without prejudice to any rights you may have under applicable law (including EU Directive 90/314 on package travel) to further compensation, although any such assistance granted may be deducted from any such further compensation.
These Notices are required by Regulation EC 261/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union
Contact details of the Portuguese designated body for the enforcement of the Regulation:
INAC – Instituto Nacional de Aviação Civil
Rua B, Edif. 4,5 e 6
Aeroporto da Portela 4
Tel: 21 842 35 00 / Fax: 21 840 23 98