This is a notice required by European Community Regulation (EC) No. 889/2002. This notice cannot be used as a basis for a claim for compensation, nor to interpret the provisions of the Regulation or the Montreal Convention, and it does not form part of the contract between the carrier(s) and You. No representation is made by the carrier(s) as to the accuracy of the contents of this notice.
In case of passenger delay, the air carrier is liable for damage unless it took all reasonable measures to avoid the damage or it was impossible to take such measures.
The liability for passenger delay is limited to 4.694 SDRs (EUR5,100).
In case of baggage delay, the air carrier is liable for damage unless it took all reasonable measures to avoid the damage or it was impossible to take such measures. The liability for baggage delay is limited to 1,131 SDRs.
Destruction, loss or damage to baggage:
The air carrier is liable for destruction, loss or damage to baggage up to 1,131 SDRs . In the case of checked baggage, it is liable even if not at fault, unless the baggage was defective. In the case of unchecked baggage, the carrier is liable only if at fault.
There are no financial limits to our liability for passenger injury or death. In relation to all passenger claims, we are entitled to rely on a defence of contributory negligence on the part of the passenger. However, for damages up to 113.100 SDRs (approximately 117,000 Euros) we will not avail ourselves of any other defence. Above that amount, we are also entitled to defend ourselves if we can prove:
In the case of passenger delay, we are entitled to rely on a defence of contributory negligence but will otherwise be liable for damage unless:
Where the Warsaw Convention applies:
In relation to all baggage claims, we can rely on a defence of contributory negligence.
Otherwise we will be liable for damage arising from delay to baggage unless we can prove that we took all reasonable measures to avoid the damage or that it was impossible to take such measures.
We will also be lable for destruction, loss or damage to checked baggage unless the baggage was defective and for unchecked baggage unless we can prove that we were not at fault. Our liability under the Montreal Convention for destruction, loss, damage or delay to baggage is limited to 1,131 SDRs (approximately 1,250 Euros).
You can benefit from a higher liability limit under either the Warsaw or Montreal Conventions if you make a special declaration at check-in and pay a supplementary fee.
This contingency plan for lengthy tarmac delays is applicable to flights operated by Turkish Airlines and has been adopted pursuant to the requirements of section 259.4 of the regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
For all flights, which depart from or arrive at U.S. airports, we will not allow the aircraft to remain on the tarmac for more than 4 hours without an opportunity for passengers to deplane unless the pilot-in-command (PIC) determines there are safety or security reasons that the aircraft cannot leave its position on the tarmac to deplane passengers or Air Traffic Control (ATC) advises the PIC that returning to the gate or another disembarkation point would significantly disrupt airport operations.
We will make reasonable efforts to provide convenient and comfortable service to all customers in the event that a flight is delayed.
In particular, in the event of a tarmac delay, we will,
1) Provide adequate food and potable water no later than two hours following gate departure or flight touch-down if the aircraft remains on the tarmac, unless the PIC determines that safety or security considerations preclude such service.
2) Ensure that lavatory facilities are operable and that adequate medical assistance is available if needed.
3) Notify passengers on the aircraft every 30 minutes regarding the status of the delay, including the reasons for the delay, if known.
4) Provide passengers on the aircraft notification every 30 minutes that they have the opportunity to deplane, if that opportunity exists.
We have committed sufficient resources to implement this plan and we have coordinated this plan with airport authorities (including terminal facility operators, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Transportation Security Administration) at all U.S. airports that we serve including regular civilian diversion airports that are defined by DOT to be a “non-hub” or larger airport.
We will make reasonable efforts to comply with this plan in the event of a diversion to any other U.S. airport.
Pursuant to Turkish Airlines’s Conditions of Carriage, for flights operated on our behalf by other carriers, the applicable contingency plan will be that of the operating carrier.
Turkish Airlines values all of its customers and is continually working to improve its services and to offer the safest and most comfortable trip to every customer.
The following Customer Service Plan provides a summary of the actions taken by Turkish Airlines to assist its customers.
This Customer Service Plan is applicable to services provided in the United States and in connection with scheduled flights to/from the United States by Turkish Airlines and has been adopted pursuant to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.
Offering the lowest fare available
For reservations made via Turkish Airlines’ U.S. website, U.S. phone reservation center, or U.S. airport ticketing counters, we will offer the lowest fares available through that booking channel, when you provide specific travel dates, flights, and class of service information. For reservations made via the phone reservation center or airport ticketing counters, we will also advise you if lower fares may be available through the website.Notifying passengers of known delays, cancellations, and diversions
For flights that depart in 7 days or less, we will provide timely information about known delays of 30 minutes or more, cancellations and diversions (“flight status information”),within 30 minutes of our becoming aware of it, by:
Delivering baggage on time
We will make reasonable efforts to ensure that all checked baggage is available as soon as possible after a passenger’s flight arrives at the gate. In the unlikely event your baggage does not arrive at your destination with you, we will initiate a search and make reasonable efforts to return the baggage to you within 24 hours. In the further unlikely event that your baggage cannot be located, we will refund any fees that you have paid for its transportation (including fees for excess or overweight baggage). In addition, we will pay compensation for lost or delayed baggage as required by applicable international agreements.
Allow reservations to be held at least for 24 hours at quoted fare
When you make a reservation on a flight to/from the U.S. one week or more prior to your flight departure through any of the Turkish Airlines sales channels based in the U.S. (call center, ticket offices, website) we will allow you to hold your reservation at the quoted fare for 24 hours without payment. During this time you may cancel your reservation without any penalty. If at any time you pay for your reservation and a ticket is issued, the fare rules will apply.
Providing prompt ticket refunds
If a passenger has purchased a ticket that is eligible for a refund via the website, phone reservation center, or airport ticketing counters and the passenger makes a timely request for a refund, we will provide prompt refunds as follows:
Please contact your travel agent for refund requests for tickets purchased via a travel agent.
Properly accommodating passengers with disabilities, and other passengers in need of assistance
We are committed to offering convenient and comfortable service to all of our passengers, including passengers who require special assistance.
For passengers with disabilities, we will comply with DOT regulations. We also offer certain services for children traveling alone, passengers who are pregnant or traveling with small children, and other passengers who may require special assistance. While passengers may ask for assistance at the airport, there are, however, certain service requests which require advance notice. Please note that even in cases where advance notice is not explicitly required, we recommend that passengers inform us in advance of any special assistance requests so we can best be prepared to serve you. Such notification will help us plan ahead for your safe and comfortable travel. Please call 1800-874-8875 for further details.
We will make reasonable efforts to meet the requirements of passengers who require special assistance and also to ensure that the requirements of any passengers who require special assistance are met during a lengthy tarmac delay.
Compliance with the Contingency Plan for Lengthy Tarmac Delays
In the event of a lengthy tarmac delay involving a flight departing from or arriving at any U.S. airport, we will make every reasonable effort to meet passengers’ essential needs as described in our Contingency Plan for Lengthy Tarmac Delays.
Treating passengers fairly and consistently in the case of oversales
Occasionally we may not be able to provide a passenger with a seat on a flight, even if he/she holds a ticket and has checked in on time. This is called an “oversale” and can occur for reasons such as safety restrictions on the maximum weight that an aircraft can carry; an unplanned change in the size of the aircraft operating the flight; or if there otherwise are more passengers who have checked in and are prepared to board than there are available seats. Passengers denied boarding or involuntarily downgraded due to an oversale on a flight departing the U.S. are in most cases entitled to transportation on an alternate flight to the final destination and/or compensation, as required by DOT regulations. We will consistently follow DOT requirements and our own policies in the event of an oversale, including by asking for volunteers before denying boarding or involuntarily downgrading any passenger, and by providing a written statement to each passenger denied boarding which describes his or her rights.
Please be advised to arrive at the airport two hours prior to scheduled departure for international flights.
Disclosing cancellation policies, frequent flyer rules and aircraft configuration information
The following information will be available via the website:
Upon request, our phone reservations center can also provide this information, or identify its location on the website.
Providing information about itinerary changes
For flights that depart in more than 7 days, we will notify customers in a timely manner of changes in their travel itineraries (including changes in the scheduled departure time, as well as delays or cancellations) through notification services (including e-mail) to the extent such services are offered by Turkish Airlines, to passengers who register on the website to receive e-mail updates and upon request through the website and the phone reservations center.
Ensuring responsiveness to customer problems
We welcome the opportunity to address the concerns and opinions of our valued customers, while continually striving to improve our service.
Although we will make every effort to respond much sooner, at the very latest we will acknowledge, in writing, all written complaints within 30 days, and provide a substantive response within 60 days, in accordance with DOT regulations. We will also promptly respond to other comments and feedback. Information about how to contact us is available here or by e-mail to You can share your comments, feedback and suggestions via our online feedback form.
Providing services to minimize inconvenience resulting from delays and cancellations
In the event of flight delays, cancellations or misconnections, we will make reasonable efforts to assist passengers in rebooking travel to their destination. As described above in sections 2 and 10, we will promptly notify to passengers of known flight irregularities and itinerary changes. Additionally: