What to do when you missed your connecting flight

Travelling can be stressful at the best of times. The process of getting to the airport with all the right travel documents, checking in, going through the security checks, boarding the flight: there’s so much that could go wrong! But what happens when the control is taken out of your hands and you miss a connecting flight through no fault of your own? Whether your trip is for business or leisure missing a connecting flight can potentially ruin your plans at your final destination and cause a lot of stress and frustration.

How can it happen, that you miss the connecting flight?

Missing a connecting flight can happen for a number of reasons. Most commonly missing a connecting flight comes from a delay somewhere along the chain of the first flight. It might be that the plane was delayed on departure or it may be delayed because of poor weather conditions or congestion at the target airport. Whether this results in you missing your connecting flight whilst still in the air or as you’re hurrying through the airport trying to reach the correct departure gate, there are a number of things you can do to set your travel plans back on course.

Responsibility of the airlines

Airlines have a responsibility to their passengers, to provide safe and timely transportation. When you buy your tickets this is what you are agreeing to. If you miss your connecting flight because of the airline then they will usually book you on to the next available flight and on occasion supplement food and accommodation until that time. However, if your connecting flight is with a different operator then neither airline has an obligation to rebook your flight. Similarly if your missed connection is due to poor weather compensation is less likely. To minimise stress and finding yourself out of pocket check your airlines policy for missed connecting flights and be sure to take out appropriate insurance.